New York Mets third baseman David Wright was tentatively diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back and may spend two weeks on the disabled list, team General Manager Sandy Alderson said.
Wright, 28, had an MRI on his back today at the Manhattan-based Hospital for Special Surgery. The five-time All-Star is seeking a second opinion, Alderson said at a news conference.
Until he receives the second opinion, Wright will remain on the Major League Baseball team’s roster and be available to play, though he is not in the starting lineup tonight against the Florida Marlins in New York, Alderson said.
“I felt like I was getting better,” Wright told reporters today. “Going into that I was preparing for Josh Johnson and the Marlins and coming out of that my head was spinning. I think shocked is the right word.”
According to Alderson, the injury can be traced to April 19, when Wright dove to tag Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Lee at third base.
Wright has a .226 batting average this season, with six home runs, 18 runs batted in and nine stolen bases.
Mets pitchers Chris Young and Jenrry Mejia had season-ending operations today, Alderson said. Young had surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder and Mejia had so-called Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing elbow.
If Wright goes on the disabled list, he would join outfielder Angel Pagan, first baseman Ike Davis and starting pitchers Young and Johan Santana. He would also miss the team’s first series against the New York Yankees on May 20-22.