Morning Briefing: David Wright poised for DL trip; will Sandy Alderson act?

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets plan to release some unfortunate news Friday.

Captain David Wright is headed to the disabled list because of a herniated disk in his neck. Wright will not undergo surgery now, but he will miss an extended period of time.

Surgery is not being ruled out at a later date.

Terry Collins earlier in the week compared the injury to a herniated disk in the neck that Bobby Parnell endured while with the Mets in 2013. Parnell ultimately required surgery with weeks to go in that season.

Matt Reynolds will join the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas. That further signals that the Mets are not ready to shift Neil Walker to third base and promote Dilson Herrera to man second. Instead, Wilmer Flores should primarily handle third base for the time being.

Given the Mets’ slumping offense, Sandy Alderson should be feeling the pressure to acquire a bat. Last July, Alderson imported Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe, then pulled off a coup in acquiring Yoenis Cespedes at the non-waiver trade deadline (after a deal for Carlos Gomez fortunately fell through over concerns about his hip).

On a positive note, the Mets will have Noah Syndergaard on the mound for Friday’s series opener against the Miami Marlins. Syndergaard (5-2, 1.84 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (3-5, 4.50) at 7:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park.

Syndergaard spent Thursday’s day off golfing in the Bahamas. Matt Harvey and Kevin Plawecki also were there.

Syndergaard’s fastball was popping at 101 mph on Tuesday in a scoreless relief inning. He got the extra work because he was ejected from his last start after 33 pitches for throwing a fastball behind Chase Utley.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.


  • Read news reports on Wright’s situation in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Steven Matz was named the National League’s Rookie of the Month. He went 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in May. Matz next pitches Monday at Pittsburgh. Read more in Newsday and at MLB.com.

  • Roger Bernadina's solo homer in the 10th gave Las Vegas a 9-8 win at Reno. Alberto Baldonado surrendered a walk-off three-run double after inheriting the bases loaded from Akeel Morris and Erie beat Binghamton, 6-5. Chris Flexen tossed a one-hit shutout in the opener and St. Lucie split a doubleheader with Fort Myers. Ivan Wilson had a pair of RBI doubles in Columbia’s 6-3 loss to Hagerstown. Read the full minor-league recap here.

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers won’t face discipline for their use of lasers to position their outfielders, Doug Padilla writes at ESPN.com.

  • Mike Puma in the Post addresses the Mets’ struggling offense.

  • Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post notes that the Mets are too dependent on the long ball.

  • Michael Conforto’s teammates call him “Scooter,” although he doesn’t know why, Andrew Beaton writes in the Journal. Laura Albanese in Newsday looks into Scooter’s current slump.

  • Albanese in Newsday also writes that Harvey and Jacob deGrom may have turned a corner.

  • Lloyd Carroll in the Queens Chronicle looks at first-base issues in New York.

  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear hopes the Mets aren't the hitless wonders of 2016. … Mets Report reviews May and looks ahead to June. … Mets Fan Weekly proposes a lineup.

  • Mets radio broadcaster Josh Lewin has been named the new play-by-play announcer for UCLA football and basketball. He will continue to work with the Mets as well as call San Diego Chargers games on the radio.

BIRTHDAYS: Barry Lyons turns 56. … Zach Lutz is 30. … Carl Everett and Aaron Ledesma are 45. … Ed Glynn is 63. … Jim Dwyer is 66. … Bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello is 38.


YOU’RE UP: How should the Mets handle third base now that Wright will be out for the foreseeable future?