LOS ANGELES - Terry Collins sat near the railing of the dugout, a perch that left him splashed in the Southern California sun. He should have been able to relax on a tension-free afternoon, when the Mets administered an 11-3 drubbing of the Dodgers.
Nevertheless, Collins had reason to worry, with injuries forcing both David Wright and Daniel Murphy to leave Sunday's game early. "We're talking about two big parts of our lineup," Collins said.
Wright bowed out in the middle of the third inning with what the team called muscle spasms in his neck. Later, Wright said the issue cropped up earlier in the week and had progressively worsened.
"It just got to the point where I couldn't go out there and do the simple things," Wright said. "That's when the decision was made to just get me out of there, especially with the off day coming up."
After going 1-for-2 with a run scored, Wright was replaced by Eric Campbell, yet another red flag in a season marked by underperformance and a left shoulder injury that he insists no longer affects him.
But he downplayed his neck issue as "kind of normal." In the past, Wright said rest has been enough. Still, Collins said Wright may be examined Monday, an off day for the team. "This year has just been frustrating with some of the injuries, and some of the bothersome things that have happened," said Wright, who finished 3-for-19 on the team's West Coast swing.
In the seventh, Murphy said he felt tightness in his calf, which prompted his departure in the ninth. His status for Tuesday also remains unclear.
"I can't really say," said Murphy, who hasn't had much experience with calf injuries. "I've got nothing to gauge it against."