Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 3/4/12

What a difference a day makes.  Just as the whether changed in Port St. Lucie, so too did the New York Mets run of an injury free Spring (that didn’t take long).  Yesterday it was reported that a strained oblique sidelined David Wright from the team’s intrasquad game, though the thirdbasemen did participate in fielding drills and scaling back his activity was viewed as a precautionary measure.  As David Lennon of Newsday wrote:

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Wright’s name was crossed off the lineup card because of what the Mets described as stiffness in the left rib-cage area, a particularly vulnerable spot for baseball players. Just ask Scott Hairston, who did start Saturday’s game but was forced to leave after re-injuring his left oblique, an injury that landed him on the disabled list for the final five weeks last season.

Hairston, the Mets’ backup centerfielder, will get a cortisone shot Monday but will be sidelined indefinitely. That type of scenario is exactly what Collins is desperate to avoid with Wright, whose activities have been limited. He was allowed to take only infield practice Saturday.”

Today it’s starting to look like the Mets may not have completely dodged a bullet with Wright, who is still experiencing discomfort:


Alderson said Wright still feeling rib cage discomfort. Won’t play Monday. Out indefinitely. #Mets 22 minutes ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @DPLennon David Lennon


David Wright’s rib cage acting up again today. Mets now say he won’t play today or tomorrow’s Grapefruit opener. 23 minutes ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @NYPost_Mets Mike Puma


David Wright has discomfort in his left rib cage and will not play again until he’s asymptomatic. 17 minutes ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @Mets New York Mets


Wright, by the way, will miss at least the first two Grapefruit games. 1 minute ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @NYPost_Mets Mike Puma

I think Collins did a great job of putting things into perspective yesterday regarding Wright when, according to David Lennon, he said:

We’ve got 31 exhibition games to play. We’ve got a long way to go. He looks terrific. He’s in great shape. He’s swinging the bat great and I’m not going to get him hurt in an intrasquad game.”

No need to rush things at this point and while this news is not what fans want to hear, the cautious approach by the team makes complete sense and is somewhat encouraging.  What’s not encouraging is the fact that Hairston’s injury is a recurrence of the one that caused him to miss the final month of 2012.

The area had been bothering him this past week — he was late for Friday’s photo day after spending 90 minutes on the trainer’s table that morning — and the pain became more acute Saturday.

“Once I felt a grab, I figured it wouldn’t be a good idea to take another swing,” said Hairston, who signed a one-year, $1.1-million contract in January. “I wouldn’t think it’s as serious as it was last year. I think right now, the way I feel, it’s one of those things where I know it’s injured, but it’s not severe.”

Given the teams thin bench in terms of bats and lack of depth in the outfield, fans will have to hope Hairston is right.

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