LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been diagnosed with a moderate strain of the intercostal muscle on his left side, which has forced him to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic and potentially will land him on the disabled list to open the season.
General manager Sandy Alderson announced the diagnosis Friday afternoon, and manager Terry Collins latersaid he was sure Wright will be sidelined "two to three weeks."
Wright was examined earlier in the day by team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
He indicated he had been bothered by the issue for a week, but he played through it for Team USA and only was scratched from Thursday's WBC game after batting practice once the Mets intervened.
Alderson estimated Wright would be idle for three to five days and did not care to speculate whether the third baseman would be available for the April 1 regular-season opener against theSan Diego Padres.
Collins, however, fears Wright may not be ready for Opening Day given the recovery times of recent side-muscle injuries with the club, including with Wright last spring training and with second baseman Daniel Murphy this spring.
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