Morning Briefing: Royal blues

NEW YORK -- The Mets will play the next several weeks without star David Wright, and they began life without their third baseman with a 4-3 loss in 12 innings to the Royals on Saturday at Citi Field.

Wright landed on the DL with a right hamstring strain, and Mets manager Terry Collins estimated the third baseman would be out for three to five weeks.

Wright said it "wasn't wise" to play through a lingering hamstring issue. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Sunday's news reports

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger, The Record, Newsday and New York Times.

• Collins said that Daniel Murphy would be the logical choice to play third with Wright out for an extended period. Eric Young Jr. would then play second base.

David Aardsma blew the save on Friday and served up the game-winning homer on Saturday.

• The Mets will use a five-man rotation until Jon Niese returns. Once Niese returns, the team will use six starters again. Carlos Torres is going to head back to the bullpen. Read more in the The Record.

• Closer Bobby Parnell was unavailable once again with a sore neck. Parnell last pitched on Tuesday and Collins said Friday that Parnell possibly could be ready Sunday.

Mike Baxter is excited to be back. Read more in the Daily News, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Pedro Feliciano pitched in back-to-back games and is excited to be back. Read more in the Post.

• Updates on Wilmer Flores, Matt Koch, Travis d'Arnaud and Cesar Puello, courtesy of Paul DePodesta.

• In the Post, Larry Brooks writes about the tall task the Mets face in playing without Wright.

From the bloggers....Faith and Fear in Flushing writes that Mets games are longer than normal.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets outfielder Cleon Jones turns 71 today. ... Roger Clemens turns 51.


FIRST PITCH: Who should play third base in Wright's absence?