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David Wright out with muscle spasms in neck
MIAMI -- If the Mets snap their season-long four-game losing streak on Monday night against the Marlins, it will have to be without star third baseman David Wright, who is dealing with muscle spasms in his neck.
The club is hoping that Wright is just day to day, though he has yet to be examined by doctors, manager Terry Collins said during his pregame media briefing.
With virtually the entire lineup slumping at once, Wright had been one of the few beacons. Wright hit .276 with a stellar .421 on-base percentage during the Mets' just-completed nine-game homestand.
Wright had started each of the Mets' 23 games this season. But Wright complained of pain in his neck late in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.
Collins said it was unclear what prompted the neck stiffness. Wright insisted upon staying in the game.
"Somebody else has got to pick it up," Collins said.
The Mets are hitting just .154 as a team while averaging just short of two runs per contest during their four-game skid.
Righthander Matt Harvey faces the Marlins' Jose Fernandez in a battle of phenoms tonight.