David Wright is being held out of Monday's lineup, a day after experiencing "a real stiff neck" during Sunday's game at Citi Field, Terry Collins said.
Collins hopes the issue is just day to day.
"It was bothering him at the end of the game yesterday," Collins said. "He played yesterday. He was fine when the game started. It's just something that happened during the game. I don't know what it was. He doesn't know what it was. He wanted to try to get ready today and I said, 'It doesn't make any sense.' If you have those kind of muscle spasms, you can loosen them up and if you don't be careful they can come right back. So I just wanted to give him the day."
Wright was waiting to be examined Monday. He spent most of his time pregame in the visiting clubhouse's trainers room at Marlins Park.
"We're waiting to have someone look at him today," Collins said.
Justin Turner starts at third base and bats second in Wright's absence.
"Somebody else has got to pick it up," Collins said. "I mean, he's our star. You take your star out of the lineup, you change the lineup pretty much. What we've got to do is jump on the back of somebody else and hopefully they carry us for a while until he gets back."
Wright first felt the issue during Sunday's game but did not entertain departing. He did volunteer the issue to the staff -- something he is not apt to do unless things are of a certain gravity.
"He played with a broken back. A stiff neck is not something he's going to come out of the lineup for," Collins said. "I asked him about coming out yesterday and he said he was fine. He thought he could finish, which he did. I had suspicions along with the trainers that today he might be a little stiffer than he was. I was just not going to take a chance today."