Wright a little sore after bat hit

NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman David Wright felt a little sore after being hit in his head/neck area with his bat in the Mets' 8-2 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night, but doesn't believe he'll miss Thursday's matinee series finale.

"I'd like to play, especially at home," Wright said. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow but I expect to play."

In the fourth inning, Wright was hit in the back of his head by his own bat on his follow through. The bat broke as Wright swung, but instead of splintering off into two pieces, it stayed connected and hit Wright in his neck/head area. Wright bent over right near home plate as the Braves turned a double play.

Wright said he was stunned for a few seconds, as he didn't know what happened, and manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came out to check on him.

After he went back to the dugout, Wright was examined once again by the training staff, but the third baseman said he was fine just a few seconds after being hit.

Wright stayed in the game and played the final five innings, and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

He added that this was different from the concussion he suffered in 2009.

"I'm sure it's going to be a little sore, but could have been worse I guess," Wright said. "I feel fine beside being a little sore to the touch."

Mets manager Terry Collins initially feared the worst.

"I was a little concerned obviously. Anytime you get hit in the head with anything, we had couple years ago [Angel] Pagan hit himself in the head and was out a week I think," Collins said. "David said he’s OK but we’ll certainly check on him after the game and again tomorrow."