David Wright and his balky back have been a near-daily topic this season. But now he is dealing with another malady: a troublesome neck.
After being seen by doctors yesterday, Wright said he will undergo another battery of tests Sunday, when he hopes to have confirmation of the exact diagnosis. He did not share specifics but left open the possibility of a stint on the disabled list.
“That’s one of the reasons for [Sunday’s] meeting and running a few more tests and maybe getting a little more examination to determine the severity,” said Wright, who was held out of Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Even if Wright doesn’t need a DL stint, he mentioned the possibility of a cortisone shot to calm the pain. He described his neck as “pretty sore.” He has been dealing with the ailment for a few days. “Any time I miss a game with something, especially something other than my back, it’s concerning. My back gives me enough trouble,” Wright said. “Now that it’s something different, it’s frustrating.”
Neither manager Terry Collins nor general manager Sandy Alderson offered any more details on the issue. Alderson acknowledged “a little bit of concern there” and added, “We’ll just have to see what happens over the next 24 hours.”
Wright has homered in each of his last three games and has shown signs of emerging from a slump. But his neck injury could hinder him from developing a rhythm. It is unclear whether the neck problem is related to his back condition, spinal stenosis.
“It’s bothering him,” Alderson said. “I don’t want to get into it at this point until we have more concrete information.”
Zack Wheeler moved forward in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. According to a source, the righthander threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday, the most pitches he’s thrown since undergoing surgery. For the first time, he threw two-seam fastballs and changeups in addition to four-seam fastballs.
The Mets continue to view July 1 as the target date for a return. However, it’s unclear when Wheeler will be ready to officially begin a minor-league rehab assignment.