Morning Briefing: Wright MRI Day

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David Wright worsened his left shoulder issue when he reached to tag out Ike Davis following a rundown Thursday.PITTSBURGH

FIRST PITCH: Three up. Three down.

After seemingly getting on a roll in Miami and in the opener against the A’s, the Mets now try to halt a three-game losing streak Saturday.

Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA) opposes right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64) in the 4:05 p.m. game at PNC Park.

Saturday’s news reports:

David Wright is scheduled to be in New York on Saturday for an MRI of his ailing left shoulder. Wright, who originally suffered the injury on a headfirst slide on a muddy field on June 12, had the pain intensify in Thursday’s series opener in Pittsburgh. The Mets did not plan to make a roster move until they learned the severity of Wright’s injury, according to Terry Collins. Wilmer Flores cannot return within 10 days of his demotion unless Wright is placed on the DL.

Read more on Wright in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Journal and at MLB.com.

• The Mets lost 3-2 in the 11th inning on Friday when ex-Pirate Vic Black surrendered a walk-off RBI double to Josh Harrison. Black was acquired with a month remaining in last season in the deal that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh.

Jacob deGrom limited Pittsburgh to two runs in 6 2/3 innings, but regretted not covering first base on a shot knocked down by first baseman Lucas Duda in what became a two-run fourth inning. Duda had produced a two-run single in the top half of that frame.

Read game recaps in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Post, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Kyle Johnson had three RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle as Binghamton beat Altoona, 8-2. Champ Stuart had a go-ahead two-run single in Savannah’s 4-2 win against Rome. Marcos Molina tossed six scoreless innings as Brooklyn beat Staten Island, 2-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Justin Terranova in the Post asks five questions of SNY analyst Ron Darling, including whether the Mets should trade pitching for a bat.

• John DeMarzo in the Post talks with Paul DePodesta about 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, who recently was promoted to St. Lucie.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal asks if the Mets are waving white flags of surrender instead of white towels. Writes Diamond:

Dave Martucci is the former president the North American Vexillological Association, one of the world's largest groups dedicated to vexillology -- the study of flags. In a telephone interview this week, he said the Mets shouldn't worry too much, since the white flag has only been used as a formal sign of surrender for about 300 years, a blip in human history.

• Anna Benson is a free woman. Read more at FoxNews.com.

BIRTHDAYS: Former outfielder Richard Hidalgo turns 39.


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