Mets third baseman David Wright will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks due to neck problems, as first reported by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Wright was recently diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck and will not take part in any baseball activity for 6-8 weeks.
The loss of Wright is a tough blow for a Mets team that is already dealing with injuries to Lucas Duda (stress fracture in back) and Travis d'Arnaud (rotator cuff strain). The team already acquired James Loney as a temporary fill-in for Duda at first base, and could look for a long-term solution at third if Wright's absence takes them past the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
New York will use a combination of Wilmer Flores, Ty Kelly and Matt Reynolds at the hot corner for now, but could also look for external reinforcement. Trevor Plouffe (Twins) and Danny Valencia (Athletics) are among the higher-end options available on the trade market, with Gordon Beckham and Kelly Johnson (Braves) both available as well.
Wright, 33, has hit just .226/.350/.438 with seven home runs in 37 games for the Mets this season. The team's captain hit well in an injury-shortened 2015 campaign, hitting in 38 games.