Mets may have to start sea­son with­out Wright

Sore shoul­der means 3B can’t throw for 2 weeks.

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New York Mets cap­tain David Wright has been di­ag­nosed with im­pinge­ment in his right shoul­der and was told not to throw for two weeks.

The team said the third base­man left spring train­ing in Florida for New York, where he was ex­am­ined Tues­day at the Hospi­tal for Spe­cial Surgery af­ter feel­ing dis­com­fort. He will be re-eval­u­ated af­ter the two weeks, and could be a des­ig­nated hit­ter then in spring train­ing games.

“He’s hav­ing real trou­ble get­ting his arm ex­tended on the throws,” man­ager Terry Collins said. “He just said, ‘Look, I’ve got to do some­thing to get rid of the pain.’ It’s cer­tainly go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to say he’s go­ing to be ready open­ing day.”

Newsday re­ported the Mets in­tend to have Jose Reyes ramp up his work at third base.

Wright has four years and $67 mil­lion re­main­ing on his deal.

The seven-time All-Star, 34, has been lim­ited to 75 reg­u­lar-sea­son games dur­ing the past two sea­sons. Wright was on the dis­abled list from April 15 to Aug. 24, 2015, when he strained his right ham­string and then de­vel­oped spinal steno­sis. He re­turned and helped the Mets win their first NL pen­nant since 2000.

Last sea­son, he was bat­ting .226 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 55 strike­outs in 137 at-bats through May 27 when he was side­lined by neck pain. He had sea­son-end­ing surgery June 16 to re­pair a her­ni­ated disk.

Na­tion­als: Re­liever Joe Blan­ton re­port­edly agreed to a $4 mil­lion, one-year con­tract. Blan­ton, 36, was a free agent af­ter pitch­ing for the Dodgers in 2016, when the right-han­der went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 80 strike­outs in 80 in­nings.

Mariners: Felix Her­nan­dez usu­ally doesn’t make his spring de­but un­til the sec­ond week of March. But with the World Baseball Clas­sic loom­ing and Her­nan­dez join­ing the Venezue­lan team Mon­day, there is a sense of ur­gency to get him ready sooner. Her­nan­dez gave up one run and three hits in two in­nings dur­ing an 8-1 win over the White Sox. He threw 33 pitches, walked one and struck out none. “I feel real strong,” he said. “I feel real good. I feel healthy and I’m happy.” Her­nan­dez is sched­uled to make one more start Sun­day against Oak­land. Venezuela’s first game is March 10.

Cardinals: Starter Mike Leake was per­fect through three in­nings with three strike­outs on just 32 pitches in Tues­day’s 2-0 loss to the Braves.

Yan­kees: Open­ing day starter Masahiro Tanaka’s first pitch of spring train­ing Tues­day sailed over the head of Detroit lead­off hit­ter Ian Kinsler and went all the way to the back­stop. Then the ace set­tled in. Tanaka struck out two over two hit­less in­nings in the Yan­kees’ split-squad 9-5 win. “I liked ev­ery­thing ex­cept the first pitch,” Tanaka said. “I’m not re­ally sure (what hap­pened).”

Rangers: Man­ag­ing part­ner Ray Davis said Tues­day he is ex­pect­ing big things this sea­son from pitcher Yu Darvish. “He is healthy, in a good frame of mind and very strong,” Davis said. “I ex­pect he is go­ing to win the Cy Young award.”

Note­wor­thy: Baseball Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said pitch­less in­ten­tional walks could start in spring train­ing games this week. A team can sig­nal for an in­ten­tional walk with­out pitches be­ing thrown. The play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion has said it would agree to the move for the 2017 sea­son.

AP

Mets third base­man David Wright (mid­dle), with four years re­main­ing on his con­tract, has played in only 75 reg­u­lar-sea­son games dur­ing the past two sea­sons.

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