DENVER -- Most Mets find it difficult to keep their injuries hidden from the public. David Wright managed to do it for nearly a month.
Wright has been playing through back pain for three full weeks, the third baseman admitted Monday, following an April 19 diving tag play at third base.
"I just felt some discomfort in my back," Wright said, downplaying the injury. "There's a difference between being banged up and being hurt."
Wright has been receiving regular treatment for his back ever since lunging to tag Astros outfielder Carlos Lee in the third inning of an April 19 game at Citi Field. He has not missed a game since, with his production remaining relatively steady -- Wright hit .250 with two home runs prior to the play at third base and has hit .230 with three home runs since, with comparable on-base and slugging percentages.
But Collins believes the back issue has prevented Wright from replicating his career norms at this point in the season.
"I do believe it has something to do with it, yes," Collins said. "But David Wright will never make it as an excuse. He never has. He even hasn't to me when I've asked him about it. It's not an issue to him, but I happen to think there's got to be something, because this guy's just too good a hitter to run through the streak he's going through."