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Wright has been playing with a sore back

The Mets' David Wright said his sore back

The Mets' David Wright said his sore back has been caused by "normal wear and tear." (May 8, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

DENVER -- There's nothing like the sight of Coors Field to make David Wright feel better, and during this visit, he probably needs it more than most. After manager Terry Collins revealed Monday that Wright has been bothered by a sore back, the result of an April 19 collision with the Astros' Carlos Lee at third base, Wright acknowledged it has bothered him -- but not seriously.

"It's just the normal wear and tear," Wright said. "I can play through it."

Despite his recent troubles at the plate, Wright never has made excuses, and he refused to blame the early-season slump on the injury. Wright didn't get any more specific than saying he got "banged up" diving back to tag Lee during that game at Citi Field.

Wright entered Monday batting .240 with 37 strikeouts in 34 games. Since the April 19 collision, he is hitting .242 (15-for-62) with three home runs and eight RBIs.

"I do believe [his back] has something to do with it, yes," Collins said. "When I asked him about it, he said it's not an issue with him, but I happen to think it's got to be something because this guy is just too good a hitter to run through the streak he's going through.''

Collins said he wasn't moving Wright out of the No. 3 hole, despite flipping Ike Davis and Jason Bay for Monday night's game. Wright's .385 batting average at Coors Field is the highest of any ballpark at which he has had at least 20 at-bats.

The Parnell plan

Bobby Parnell, who is on the DL with a circulatory problem, pitched a scoreless inning Monday for Class A St. Lucie, but Collins wants to see him at a colder weather site before clearing him to return. Parnell complained of numbness in the middle finger of his right hand before he was sent to Florida.

"Darn right," Collins said. "If that finger is affected by cold weather, that's an issue."


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