Mets third baseman David Wright gestures as he tells a...

Mets third baseman David Wright gestures as he tells a story between batting practice turns at spring training. (Feb. 17, 2012) Credit: AP

LAKELAND, Fla. — As expected, David Wright received an ultrasound-guided cortisone shot yesterday — after visiting with team medical director David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York — to treat his ailing left rib-cage muscle.

Wright planned to return to Mets camp immediately. Once the injection clears, which usually takes a couple of days, the Mets will re-evaluate the third baseman, who has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game.

“Basically, what the doctors have told us is, he essentially plateaued,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Wright. “There was a little bit of soreness, not a great deal. But . . . this will accelerate the recovery.”

Mets manager Terry Collins said he hopes Wright can resume baseball activities this week.  


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