David Wright back in New York for further evaluation

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

David Wright is leaving the WBC and going back to New York to have tests on his ribs. (Getty Images)

Mets third baseman David Wright, who was a late scratch for Thursday's WBC game against the Dominican Republic, is back in New York for additional tests on his sore ribs, reports MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

"In terms of the injury and its severity, we just don't know anymore than David has related already publicly," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "So until he's actually examined, we won't know the exact nature of the injury, we won't know the extent of the injury and we won't have any sort of timetable for his return."

DiComo also notes that Wright will not play against Puerto Rico on Friday night and manager Joe Torre seemed to doubt whether Wright would be available should the United States advance. Wright is, however, expected to return to Florida on Saturday.

Wright, who's coming off a strong bounce-back season in which he batted .306/.391/.492 with 64 extra-base hits, suffered a ribcage strain last spring training. He's in the first year of a new eight-year, $138 million contract.

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