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Report: David Wright expected to miss an extended period of time

New York Mets v Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 25: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets looks on against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 25, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Mets third baseman David Wright is expected to miss an extended period of time, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal says the Mets will make an official announcement late Thursday night or on Friday morning.

Wright, 33, revealed on Monday that he is dealing with a herniated disk in his neck. He was also diagnosed last year with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

Wright was hitting a solid .226/.350/.438 with seven home runs and 14 RBI but hasn’t played since last Friday. Ty Kelly and Wilmer Flores have handled third base in Wright’s absence. Matt Reynolds is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. The Mets could also try to acquire a third base solution from outside the organization.

The Mets recently lost Lucas Duda to a stress fracutre in his back. Shortly after learning the news, the club acquired James Loney to fill in at first base. The defending National League champs entered play Thursday three games out of first place in the NL East, but their road back to dominance will be tough the rest of the way.

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