New York Mets third baseman David Wright missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury Saturday as he flew to New York to undergo an MRI.
Wright has been experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder since sliding headfirst on a steal June 12 at Citi Field.
The injury turned painful for Wright beginning Thursday at the Pittsburgh Pirates. It flared up in the fourth inning when he tagged out former teammate Ike Davis during a rundown and later while fielding a grounder in the eighth inning.
Wright was replaced at third base by Eric Campbell on Friday.
"Last night on a couple of different occasions I did something to reaggravate it, and it got worse," Wright said. "I was hoping to be able to push through it. They obviously shut that down. So now it's just protocol, like normal -- head back, get an MRI. Hopefully just some rest, maybe an injection, and hopefully I'll be back in a couple of days."
Wright has a 10-game hitting streak in which he is batting .385 with two home runs in that span.
"Last night was at a different level as far as me not being able to feel like I can do what I'm supposed to do on a baseball field," he said. "I would say it's fairly painful. The issue is that these last three weeks I felt like I've been able to be productive and go through normal baseball things without feeling hesitant. Last night wasn't the case. I felt like it was prohibiting me from doing certain things on a baseball field."
Wright is hoping that rest, a cortisone shot and more anti-inflammatory treatment will get him back on the field quicker.
"But it's all going to depend on what the MRI shows," he said. "Like I said, I'm hopeful and optimistic -- judging by it's the same thing that's been going on for three weeks, just maybe a little more inflammation -- that it's something that can be settled with a little bit of treatment."
The team will likely make a roster move this weekend since it is down an infielder.
This season, Wright is batting .277 with a .333 on-base percentage, six home runs and 41 RBIs.