Mets captain David Wright has a herniated disk in his neck and could be headed to the disabled list.
The third baseman missed his third straight game Monday and said he will be examined by a specialist on Tuesday. He had an MRI and took oral anti-inflammatory medicine over the weekend.
“It’s been slight, but at least there’s been a little bit of relief the last couple of days,” said Wright, who is having trouble turning his head. “I’ve got my fingers crossed that this medication kicks in a little bit.”
Now 33, Wright was on the disabled list from April 15 to Aug. 24 last year when he strained his right hamstring and then developed spinal stenosis. He has a lengthy physical therapy routine he must go through before each game.
“With the condition he’s been playing in and the condition he’s in right now, yeah, I’m concerned about it,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Wright homered in three straight games last week before getting hurt. He is batting .226 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 55 strikeouts in 137 at-bats.
“There are some other steps that we could take as far as medication goes,” Wright said. “I know it’s a struggle for Terry and everybody to keep playing short.”
Wright plans to ask the specialist whether the neck injury is linked to his back problem.
“It’s frustrating to have to sit there and watch the guys go out there. It’s frustrating that it’s something else that I have to worry about other than my back,” he said.
Rays get closer
The Tampa Bay Rays activated Brad Boxberger, who led the American League with 41 saves last season, from the disabled list before Monday night’s game with the Kansas City Royals.
Boxberger, 28, underwent surgery on March 17 to repair the adductor brevis muscle, which was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. He missed the first 48 games. Boxberger had a 3.38 ERA with eight strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings in six rehab appearances with three minor league clubs.
Alex Colome has 12 saves in 12 opportunities in Boxberger’s absence. Manager Kevin Cash indicated Boxberger would be eased back into the closer’s role.
The Rays placed right-hander Ryan Webb on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a right pectoral strain. Webb had a 3.31 ERA in 17 relief appearances.
The Los Angeles Angels reinstated closer Huston Street from the disabled list.
The Angels announced Street’s return from a five-week injury absence Monday night.
The Angels recalled left-hander Chris Jones from Triple-A Salt Lake. Reliever Deolis Guerra was designated for assignment.
Street hasn’t pitched since April 23 due to a strained oblique muscle. The veteran has five saves with a 1.17 ERA.