Mets third baseman David Wright revealed Friday that he's been dealing with a balky left shoulder for the past three weeks. He has been scratched from Friday night's lineup in Pittsburgh and sent back to New York for an MRI.
"It was something I could play through; it wasn't an issue [originally]," Wright said (Mets.com). "And then last night, on a couple different occasions [I] did something to reaggravate it and made it worse. I was hoping to be able to push through it, but they obviously shut it down."
Wright, 31, is hitting .277/.333/.396 (108 OPS+) with 20 doubles, six homers and 41 RBI this season. His performance hasn't noticably tailed off in the past few weeks, in fact, he's hitting .400 with a .743 slugging percentage in the last nine games.
Eric Campbell will get the start in Wright's absence Friday.
Despite being seven games under .500, the Mets enter Friday night just five games out of first in the NL East.