NEW YORK — Mets 3B David Wright has a herniated disc in his neck and could be headed to the disabled list.
Wright missed his third straight game Monday and said he will be examined by a specialist today. He had an MRI exam and took oral anti-inflammatory medicine over the weekend.
"It's been slight, but at least there's been a little bit of relief the last couple of days," said Wright, who is having trouble turning his head. "I've got my fingers crossed that this medication kicks in a little bit."
Now 33, Wright was on the disabled list from April 15 to Aug. 24 last year when he strained his right hamstring then developed spinal stenosis. He has a lengthy physical therapy routine he must go through before each game.
"With the condition he's been playing in and the condition he's in right now, yeah, I'm concerned about it," manager Terry Collins said.
ANGELS: Closer Huston Street, out since April 23 with a strained oblique, was activated from the disabled list.
BREWERS: LF Ryan Braun missed a second straight game with a sore neck.
CARDINALS: OF Stephen Piscotty missed the game with a stomach bug.
CUBS: Former Rays RHP Jason Hammel was pulled after his right hamstring cramped while he warmed up for the third inning. He's expected to make his next start.
GIANTS: X-rays on 3B Matt Duffy's left hand were negative after he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.
MARLINS: INF Derek Dietrich, a former Rays farmhand, was in uniform a day after being struck in the back of the head by a foul ball hit into the dugout. Tests for a concussion came back negative.
ORIOLES: RHP Yovani Gallardo (shoulder tendinitis) is set to begin his rehab assignment Thursday and throw 40-60 pitches in a minor-league game. … SS J.J. Hardy (broken foot) is scheduled to have a CAT scan Friday. He hopes to be cleared to begin baseball-related activities.
YANKEES: INF Dustin Ackley went on the 15-day disabled list with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and INF Rob Refsnyder was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. Surgery is a possibility for Ackley, who was injured Sunday as he dived into first base on a pickoff play.