David Wright to see back specialist

Updated: May 24, 2011, 7:41 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright will fly to Los Angeles on Monday to see noted back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, as the team seeks to put together a rehabilitation plan for Wright, who is currently on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back.

"This is part of the process," said Wright, who was placed on the DL on Wednesday, retroactive to Monday. "I know exactly what the problem is. Now it's just a matter of doing what we can to get back on the field, and this is the next step. This isn't necessarily a second opinion, it's part of the process in getting better.

"This guy, from what I've been told, is one of the best back doctors in the country. With him teamed up with the doctors we have, we should be able to put together a blueprint."

The plan for Wright, as of now, has called for rest. But he'll know whether or not he needs further treatment after visiting with Dr. Watkins. The date and time of Wright's appointment is unknown.

"This isn't anything new," said Wright, who was allowed to get some rest before taking the six-hour flight. "It's part of the plan that we've had from Day 1. This is part of the plan. It's just the next step."

Wright suffered the injury on April 19 against the Houston Astros, when he tried to make a diving tag on left fielder Carlos Lee at third base.

Wright tried to play through the pain, but he hit just .205 in 23 games after hurting his back.

He underwent an MRI on Monday, which revealed the stress fracture. It was later confirmed by a CT scan Monday night.

The initial plan was for Wright to rest for 10 days before potentially resuming baseball activity, pending an examination at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

However, when asked before Sunday afternoon's 9-3 loss to the New York Yankees, manager Terry Collins said there was "no timetable" on Wright at this juncture.

"I don't think you can put a timetable on it," said Collins, who also hurt his back during his playing days. "I don't think you can say it's 10 days or two weeks or whatever."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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