Wright out with a moderate intercostal strain, will rest 3-5 days

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David Wright has a moderate left intercostal strain, and will rest for 3-5 days, Sandy Alderson told reporters.

“Is it possible that he’ll be out for a period of time? Sure. But what we know right now is he’s going to rest for 3-5 days,” Alderson explained.

Alderson would not rule out Wright’s availability for Opening Day, although Terry Collins told reporters after today’s game Wright may begin the season on the disabled list.

“We have to move on and find an option till he is ready,” Collins said. “[Wright] is tough, he played a month with a bad back 2 years ago.”

In the meantime, Collins said Justin Turner will start seeing more time at third base this spring.

Wright has also officially withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic.

Michael Baron, Contributor

4:03 pm: It’s worth noting Daniel Murphy has suffered a similar injury, and he has been out a month and only now is appearing in minor league games. That’s not to say Wright will miss more or less time – the point is, based on the history of these injuries, rest and patience are usually the cure. Hopefully it’s not that bad for Wright, he responds to rest and treatment, and he makes some progress in a week or so…

Previous updates and opinion on Wright's injury...

2:45 pm: Terry Collins said Wright might not be ready to play by Opening Day (FOX Sports South).

8:33 am: Sandy Alderson spoke with reporters this morning and said David Wright will visit with team doctors in New York today, and return to Port St. Lucie tomorrow.

Alderson said they do not yet know the severity of Wright’s injury, nor would he comment on whether Wright is suffering from an oblique or rib cage injury.

Alderson said the team became aware of the injury prior to last night’s WBC game in Miami.

Wright hoped the injury would go away, but it didn’t and he felt a responsibility to deal with it, Alderson explained.

Alderson does not believe this problem is related to the stress fracture Wright had in his back two years ago.

The team has not yet discussed other options for third base in the event Wright has to miss a significant amount of time, Alderson said.

4:45 am: David Wright was scratched from the lineup before Thursday’s World Baseball Classic game against the Dominican Republic.

According to David Lennon of Newsday, Wright said he was having discomfort in his rib cage, which he said is different from the rib cage injury he dealt with last spring.

Wright later spoke with reporters and said doctors from both the Mets and Team USA decided to keep him out of the lineup since he’d been dealing with the discomfort for the past 10 days.

“Obviously it’s been fine to play with,” Wright told reporters. However, “I understand the precaution that’s being taken here. I’m obviously disappointed and upset I can’t play, but I completely understand.”

Wright has left the World Baseball Classic and will soon visit with Mets doctors in New York.

Wright said he hopes to return to the tournament, but Team USA manager Joe Torre ruled Wright out for tonight’s game against Puerto Rico in Miami and is not counting on him for the next round.

Wright is hitting .438 with a home run and 10 RBI in the World Baseball Classic.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

8:03 am: The way I understand it, the Mets were required to be notified and, once they were aware of Wright’s situation, they asked he leave the tournament and report to St. Lucie for an exam. It sucks for Wright and the WBC, but this is the right thing to do. The early buzz is that it’s just a small thing, no big deal and Wright will be fine, but those rib cage, stomach muscle, lower back injuries have a way of needing lots of idle time, so let’s wait and see how this progresses…

Michael Baron, Contributor

Mar. 14, 7:24 pm: This isn’t good for either Team USA or for the Mets. Hopefully this is a minor bump in the road, but it is one of the reasons why I’d rather this tournament be played in November. The pitchers are in better game shape, and the position players are more primed for game action. And, if a player gets injured, there is time for him to recover before Spring Training. In this case, Opening Day is 17 days away, and Wright’s status is a huge question mark right now…