Stress fractures are no fun for anyone. But when a team leader gets one, it can be a real pain in the spine for everyone.
That’s the situation the Mets find themselves in after general manager Sandy Alderson said before their game against Florida on Monday that David Wright has a stress fracture in his lower back and could be headed for the disabled list.
This could not have come at a worse time. The Mets, once masters of finding new and exotic ways to lose games during a 5-13 start, have gone 14-8 with seven wins in their last 10. And even though Wright is mired in a 4-for-32 (.125) slump with just a homer and two RBI over those 10 games, winning teams don’t want to mess with chemistry. Wright, the nominal face of the franchise, is a big part of that science.
According to ESPNNY.com, the Mets believe Wright suffered the injury April 19 at Citi Field, when he dove to tag Houston’s Carlos Lee at third. Wright said he initially felt stiff, but that turned to localized pain a week later. He continued to play through it. An MRI on Monday confirmed the diagnosis.
Alderson said Wright will go for a second opinion before they decide on Wright’s second career trip to the DL. He said 10 days of rest could remedy the situation, and that surgery is not necessary.
“We‘re not talking about something long term, but we are talking about something that may require him to rest for a period of time,” Alderson told reporters.