NEW YORK -- With the Mets, injuries are never shocking.
Make that almost never.
Monday, third baseman David Wright went for what he thought was a routine MRI on his back. Monday afternoon, the Mets announced that Wright has a stress fracture in his back, and that he seems to have had it for nearly a month.
"I was shocked," Wright said.
"I was shocked and unhappy," manager Terry Collins said.
The Mets are saying that Wright will need 10 days of rest, and that doctors don't consider this a long-term injury. But this is the Mets, so we'll see, and we won't be shocked if it lasts longer.
At least now we know he won't be traded in the next two weeks, not that he was likely to be dealt anytime soon, anyway. There has been some speculation that the Mets would deal Wright, who is signed through 2012, but he was always less likely to be moved that shortstop Jose Reyes or outfielder Carlos Beltran, or even closer Francisco Rodriguez (whose $17.5 million vesting option makes a deal more complicated).
It's much less certain that they would trade Wright, who is, as Collins said, "without question, the face of the team."
Of course, if you're going to be the face of the Mets, you've got to get hurt, right?
Wright spoke confidently about returning in two weeks. The Mets didn't even put Wright on the disabled list immediately, waiting for a second opinion from a back specialist.
"I thought I could play through it," Wright said. "I still think if the risk wasn't there that I could play through it."
Wright said the injury dates back to April 19, when he dived to try to make a play on Carlos Lee in a home game against the Astros. He said that his back felt sore for about a week after that game, and that anti-inflammatory drugs hadn't really eased the pain.
"It turned from stiffness to pain to continued pain," he said. "But I didn't think it was anything serious."
Wright insisted that the injury isn't the reason for his uncharacteristic .226 batting average. He was hitting .239 when he got hurt, and has hit .215 in 22 games since then.