New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Mets third baseman David Wright’s ailing left shoulder will not require surgery, according to sources.
Sources said rest and anti-inflammatory medication has been prescribed for Wright, who underwent an MRI Saturday.
The Mets captain is believed to favor avoiding the disabled list, but that ultimately will be determined by general manager Sandy Alderson.
Wright was scratched from Friday’s lineup and traveled to Manhattan to be examined by team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery after discomfort in his non-throwing shoulder intensified during Thursday’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wright started suffering discomfort since jamming the shoulder while sliding headfirst on a steal on June 12 on a muddy surface at Citi Field. Wright said he typically slides feet-first on such plays.
Despite the discomfort, Wright was on a 10-game hitting streak when the shoulder became painful during Thursday’s game.
Wright said the issue worsened when he reached to tag out former teammate Ike Davis on a fourth-inning rundown, and then aggravated it further by reaching for Pedro Alvarez’s groundball in the eighth.
“I would say it’s fairly painful,” Wright said Friday. “The issue is that these last three weeks I felt like I’ve been able to be productive and go through normal baseball things without feeling hesitant. [Thursday] night wasn’t the case. I felt like it was prohibiting me from doing certain things on a baseball field.”