David Wright has bruised rotator cuff, but injury not as serious as it could have been
PITTSBURGH - The Mets caught a break Saturday when David Wright emerged from his MRI exam with a bruised rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He was prescribed a few days of rest and anti-inflammatory medication, according to assistant general manager John Ricco, and will be re-evaluated by doctors Monday.
For now, the Mets don't expect to put their captain on the disabled list, though that could change if Wright hasn't shown improvement by his follow-up.
"It's good news," Ricco said.
The injury won't require surgery, which would have led to a prolonged absence. Wright did not receive a cortisone shot and the Mets are content to wait for a few days to decide what to do next.
Until they have more clarity, they have no plans to shed one of their extra outfielders for an infielder.
"Right now, they don't think it's a DL [situation]," Ricco said. "But we'll re-examine him on Monday and we'll have a clearer picture at that point."
Wright is scheduled to remain in New York through Monday, though it's possible he'll rejoin the team in Atlanta later in the week. He has a 10-game hitting streak in which he has compiled a .386 average with two homers and eight RBIs.
"We just can't lose a guy like that for a long period of time," manager Terry Collins said. "That's not saying we're not going to, but hopefully we headed it off before we do lose him for a long time."
Collins praised Wright for speaking up about the injury Friday after he was unable to get through his pregame routine without pain in his shoulder. In the past, Wright has pushed through injuries, only to miss extended time.
The most recent example came last season, when Wright missed six weeks with a hamstring injury he had tried to play through.
"He did the right thing for everybody involved," Collins said. "We saw it last year with the hamstring. He thought it was a cramp last year in Miami and [it] turned out to be more than a cramp. He said I'm fine and then hurt it -- and we missed him for a month."
In the meantime, the Mets got a boost out of Wright's temporary replacement, Eric Campbell. He was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and held his own in the field in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Pirates.
"I'm trying to do the best I can, that's all," Campbell said. "I'm not trying to do anything crazy. I just make the routine play and if I happen to make the diving play, great . . . With [Wright] out, a bunch of other people need to step up."