Long Island Ducks designated hitter Preston Wilson will miss at least three games after suffering a minimal displaced fracture of his nose Sunday after being hit by a pitch, according to manager Gary Carter.
The throw from York Revolution starter Dan Foli ricocheted off the left side of Wilson's batting helmet and struck the bridge of his nose during the first inning of the team's 8-2 victory.
The 34-year-old former first-round draft pick of the Mets will be examined by an ear, nose and throat specialist to determine if surgery is needed.
"He has to wait for the swelling to go down," Carter said Monday via cell phone while traveling with the team to Connecticut. "Right now, it doesn't seem as though he will, but in a few days we'll know. We're hoping no more than a few days. He'll miss Bridgeport, but we hope to have him back for York. We're blessed and fortunate it was no worse."
The Ducks, who opened their seven-game road trip last night in Bridgeport, will face York in a four-game series starting Thursday.
"Obviously, it hurts us. We have to use the DH in a different capacity," said Carter, who will likely use infielder Ron Davenport to fill the void left at Wilson's position.
"He was disappointed [Sunday] sitting in the trainer's room," Carter said of Wilson, who recently recovered from hamstring tendinitis. "He was just starting to feel good again."
-- KIMBERLEY A. MARTIN