David Wright "possibly" will miss a second straight game after getting drilled in the back of his left shoulder with a pitch Saturday night, Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Wright, who declined comment Sunday before the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Cubs and was unavailable after it, is battling soreness in the same shoulder that has troubled him for months.
Wright was hit in what he called "the perfect spot" Saturday -- the back of that shoulder.
Eric Campbell started at third base in Wright's place and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play.
Jacob deGrom threw 20 fastballs in a bullpen session and appears to be on the fast track to rejoin the Mets' rotation Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
DeGrom, who has been out since Aug. 8 with rotator cuff tendinitis, never thought the injury was anything to worry about. He's even less worried now.
"Even when I got the MRI, to hear that it was nothing major, that was encouraging," he said. "To come out and throw two days now and not feel anything, it felt really good. We were just seeing how it felt. I threw changeups when I was playing catch, and those felt fine. Either [Tuesday] or Wednesday, I'll throw everything."
The Mets, who already were starting to think about the Rookie of the Year candidate's innings limit, were ultra-cautious when he mentioned shoulder tightness. If he returns Saturday, deGrom likely will be able to pitch to the end of the season without concern for his innings.
"Throwing and running and stuff, I feel rested," he said. "I feel like that was probably good for me to get some time off. So I feel really good."
Daisuke Matsuzaka likely will make one more minor-league rehab start, possible for the Brooklyn Cyclones, before the Mets activate him, Collins said . . . Ruben Tejada went 2-for-3 in his first start since Aug. 6.
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