Injury roundup: Reds OF breaks wrist, Wright says he’ll be back

Turns out David Wright may not have left the field for the final time for the Mets this season.

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Cincinnati outfielder Marlon Byrd fractured his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in the Reds’ 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Byrd was hit on the right hand by Sean O’Sullivan leading off the sixth inning. Byrd reacted with considerable pain but shook off the injury and went to first base. He was replaced in left field in the bottom of the seventh by Brennan Boesch.

"It’s a wrist fracture but right now we don’t know to what degree," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

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Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler sat out a game for the first time this year Tuesday because of an ankle injury, and manager Joe Maddon didn’t rule out the possibility of a stint on the disabled list.

Soler was hurt trying to beat out a grounder Monday. He stayed in the game but the injury worsened overnight. Following Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, Maddon said Soler faced further evaluation before the severity of the injury would be determined.

"Whether it’s going to be a DL kind of situation or a couple of days. I really don’t know yet," Maddon said.

Through Monday, Soler led all NL rookies with 50 hits. He’s batting .265.

TOUGH BREAK, KID

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright is confident he’ll return this season from his back injury.

He’s just not sure when.

Wright, who has been in Los Angeles being treated by specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, joined his teammates in San Diego on Tuesday, where the Mets are playing the San Diego Padres.

"Among the most frustrating parts is when you fracture something, or you break a bone or pull a hamstring, there is normally a timeline," said Wright, who has been on the disabled list since April 15. "This doesn’t have one."

Wright injured his back while rehabilitating from a hamstring injury. He’s been diagnosed with spinal stenosis.

"It’s a week-to-week process," Wright said. "Going to therapy seven days a week and seeing doctor once a week."

It’s not certain when Wright will return to baseball activities.

"We have a little more clarity than we did say 10 days ago," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We are not on the edge of our seat waiting for David to come back at this point."

Wright said he still feels pain when upright, due to the inflamed nerves in his back. And if he returns too soon, the consequences could be significant.

"The biggest thing the doctors tell me is you want to avoid surgery at all costs," Wright said. "So that means being a little bit more cautious. We’re not talking about just playing baseball, but walking around."

But the Mets’ captain, remains optimistic.

"I’m confident the weekly plan that we do have is not only going to work, it is going to work sooner than later," Wright said.

When Wright does return, Alderson said the Mets will be cognizant of his condition.

"I think we feel comfortable that he will back this season playing again," Alderson said. "But I’m not sure we can have any assurance, at this point, that when he does come back he will be incident-free for the rest of the season. We have to keep that in mind."

Cincinnati outfielder Marlon Byrd fractured his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in the Reds’ 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Byrd was hit on the right hand by Sean O’Sullivan leading off the sixth inning. Byrd reacted with considerable pain but shook off the injury and went to first base. He was replaced in left field in the bottom of the seventh by Brennan Boesch.

"It’s a wrist fracture but right now we don’t know to what degree," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

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Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler sat out a game for the first time this year Tuesday because of an ankle injury, and manager Joe Maddon didn’t rule out the possibility of a stint on the disabled list.

Soler was hurt trying to beat out a grounder Monday. He stayed in the game but the injury worsened overnight. Following Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, Maddon said Soler faced further evaluation before the severity of the injury would be determined.

"Whether it’s going to be a DL kind of situation or a couple of days. I really don’t know yet," Maddon said.

Through Monday, Soler led all NL rookies with 50 hits. He’s batting .265.

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright is confident he’ll return this season from his back injury.

He’s just not sure when.

AROUND THE HORN

Wright, who has been in Los Angeles being treated by specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, joined his teammates in San Diego on Tuesday, where the Mets are playing the San Diego Padres.

"Among the most frustrating parts is when you fracture something, or you break a bone or pull a hamstring, there is normally a timeline," said Wright, who has been on the disabled list since April 15. "This doesn’t have one."

Wright injured his back while rehabilitating from a hamstring injury. He’s been diagnosed with spinal stenosis.

"It’s a week-to-week process," Wright said. "Going to therapy seven days a week and seeing doctor once a week."

It’s not certain when Wright will return to baseball activities.

"We have a little more clarity than we did say 10 days ago," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We are not on the edge of our seat waiting for David to come back at this point."

Wright said he still feels pain when upright, due to the inflamed nerves in his back. And if he returns too soon, the consequences could be significant.

"The biggest thing the doctors tell me is you want to avoid surgery at all costs," Wright said. "So that means being a little bit more cautious. We’re not talking about just playing baseball, but walking around."

But the Mets’ captain, remains optimistic.

"I’m confident the weekly plan that we do have is not only going to work, it is going to work sooner than later," Wright said.

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When Wright does return, Alderson said the Mets will be cognizant of his condition.

"I think we feel comfortable that he will back this season playing again," Alderson said. "But I’m not sure we can have any assurance, at this point, that when he does come back he will be incident-free for the rest of the season. We have to keep that in mind."

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Scott Van Slyke on the 15-day disabled list with back inflammation before Tuesday’s doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies.

Van Slyke is hitting .264 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games this season.

To take his place on the roster, Los Angeles recalled outfielder Chris Heisey from Triple-A Oklahoma City. This will be Heisey’s third stint with the Dodgers in 2015.

He was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati last December.

The Dodgers made more moves before Tuesday’s second game. They selected the contract of right-hander Josh Ravin, recalled lefty Daniel Coulombe and optioned catcher Austin Barnes, all the moves with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Left-hander David Huff, who was recalled from Oklahoma City before the first game, was designated for assignment after the nightcap.

Colorado won the opener 6-3 and the Dodgers won the second game 9-8.