“It’s Hard To Watch What He Is Going Through”; Wright Avoids the DL (For Now)

By Paul DiSclafani:

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Steven Dunn / Getty Images

Mets made a decision not to put David Wright on the DL, even though he has missed the last four games with a herniated disk in his back. Compounded by his chronic spinal stenosis, Wright’s return is questionable at best.

“Certainly I think it’s serious,” Manager Terry Collins said. “I’ve never had one, but I’ve been around guys who have. Bobby Parnell had one, certainly didn’t come back from it very good. But David’s a tough guy, plays through a lot of pain and we’ll wait to see how he is in a couple days.”

Wright received an anti-inflammatory injection on Tuesday that takes 48 hours to take effect, meaning he will also miss the finale of the White Sox series on Wednesday afternoon. With a day off on Thursday, the Mets are going to re-evaluate him on Friday.

“The doctors gave him some medication,” Collins said. “They said this was the next step to alleviate the discomfort and told him it’d probably be a couple of days before they really find out if the shot’s going to work. So instead of rushing into anything, we thought, [after Tuesday and Wednesday] and the off day on Thursday, we could give it some time to see if it’s going to take effect.”

With James Loney reporting to the Mets today, Eric Campbell was sent down to make room on the active roster. But with Wright not on the DL and unavailable, the Mets are a player short.

Collins is hoping that Wright, the Mets Captain, can return to form. “This guy has been a special player in baseball,” Collins said Tuesday afternoon. “Certainly being the captain and the face of this organization, a manager’s worst nightmare is to see a star start to fade. I think David’s got a lot of baseball left in him because of the way he prepares and the way he gets himself ready. But it’s hard to watch what he’s going through … as good as he was. I’ll tell you: There’s a lot of guys in this room that would not do what he does every day just to get ready to go play a baseball game.

“He’s still special. He’s still a great player. We just hope this neck thing goes away in a few days and he’s back in our lineup.”

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