New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been prescribed rest and anti-inflammatory medication for his ailing left shoulder but will not need surgery, assistant general manager John Ricco said Saturday.
Ricco said team doctor Struan Coleman diagnosed Wright with a bruised rotator cuff. The captain will remain in New York until he is re-examined on Monday.
Wright did not require a cortisone shot -- "not yet anyway," Ricco said -- and will stay off the disabled list at least until after that follow-up exam, when the team has a better handle on how long Wright may miss. Ricco added that the team will not call up an infielder now, even though the Mets only have one backup infielder at the moment -- Eric Young Jr., who primarily is an outfielder.
"Right now they don't think it's a DL, but they'll re-examine him on Monday and we'll have a clearer picture at that point," Ricco said. "... So it's good news. They want to see if it feels better after a couple of days' rest. They don't anticipate it being a DL stint. If he's still feeling the same, we'll reassess it at that time."
Terry Collins expects David Wright will rejoin the Mets on Monday in Atlanta, after the captain's bruised left rotator cuff is re-examined in the morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
The manager suggested the current belief is Wright will avoid the disabled list, although that is far from assured.
"With what they said yesterday, I don' think it's going to happen," Collins said Sunday morning about a potential DL trip. "But he could walk in tomorrow and still have discomfort and they can say, 'Well, you're going to have to rest it longer.' That may lead in a different direction. I'm not planning on that.
"Tomorrow will have a lot to say. If he's not significantly better due to the rest the last couple of days, then I think we need to talk about the possibility of maybe putting him on the DL."