Mets third baseman David Wright's mysterious rib cage injury got more specific Wednesday morning.
Wright, who traveled to New York earlier this week for a cortisone shot in his rib cage, told reporters at camp that he had a torn muscle on the left side of his abdomen. He said he plans to be ready for Opening Day, however.
"Whenever you strain a muscle, essentially there's some tearing," Wright said. "So it sounds a lot worse than it is. ... I think I'm past the difficult part. Now it's just a matter of getting back in the swing of things and making sure that I can get back on the field as soon as my body will allow me to, and then get some at-bats."
Wright has yet to play in any spring training games so far and hasn't even been cleared to take batting practice. He has been participating in defensive drills.
Wright had said last week that if he had the same injury during the season he would have played through it.
However, a more ominous sign is that Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had the same injury last season and required surgery. He missed 60 games.
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