FLUSHING, NY (PIX11) -- Before the start of tonight's game against the Florida Marlins, Mets third baseman David Wright announced he will be off the field because of a stress fracture in his lower back.
The injury was traced back to a diving tag play at third base against the Houston Astros on April 19. Wright said he had been taking anti-inflammatory medicine and thought he was getting better.
"They had wanted me to get an MRI for some time now" Wright said at a press conference, referring to team coaches and officials.
General Manager Sandy Alderson called this a "tentative diagnosis” and said Wright will be getting a second opinion from the same MRI results. He is off the field for at least ten days but could be headed to the disabled list if the injury persists.
The injury bug continues to plague the team. Currently, there are three starters, including Johan Santana, who haven’t played a game this season, and two relief pitchers on the DL. According to fangraphs.com, the Mets lost more than 900 days last season due to players on the dreaded disabled list.
Wright says the pain was nagging and hurt more with certain activities. He says he is frustrated and disappointed because "I was being counted on to win games and now I am not going to be doing that for two weeks."
Wright has only been in the DL once before in his major league career. He is batting .226 with six home runs, 18 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 39 games this season.