Evans Clinchy
Tuesday March 13th, 2012

Yesterday, the New York Mets sent third baseman David Wright back to New York to receive medical attention for the pain in his rib cage, reportedly considering a cortisone shot. Now it's official -- Wright received the injection today, according to the Associated Press, and there's no timetable for his return.

Wright injured a muscle in his left rib cage during an infield drill early in Mets spring training. He has yet to even swing a bat, let alone play in a Mets exhibition game this spring.

The good news for the Mets is that an MRI exam performed today on the rib cage did not reveal significant damage.

"Basically, what the doctors have told us is he had essentially plateaued -- there was a little bit of soreness, not a great deal -- but that this will accelerate the recovery process," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. Another tidbit of Mets news: Reliever Tim Byrdak will have surgery tomorrow to fix a tear in his left knee; he'll be out for 4-6 weeks. Byrdak was expected to be the Mets' only left-handed reliever at the start of this season.

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