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MIAMI -- The New York Mets intended to have third baseman David Wright skip Monday's series opener against the Miami Marlins because of neck stiffness.
However, the situation demanded Wright to pinch hit, according to Wright.
Wright came off the bench in the 13th inning and struck out looking against ex-teammate Jon Rauch. The Mets ultimately lost 4-3 in 15 innings Monday night at Marlins Park.
Wright, who was examined by a doctor before the game, said after that the neck had not healed and he was unsure whether he could start at third base Tuesday.
"We kind of ran out of options," Wright said, explaining his decision to pinch hit. "I played through it yesterday."
Wright described the stiffness, which is running down the right side of his neck to his back, as "about the same" as Sunday.
"Like I said, I played through it yesterday, so it's not that big of a deal," Wright said after Monday's game. "I would say it's better now than it was when I woke up this morning, which is a good thing. So I think the treatment that I got on it during the day helped and was beneficial. I'll wake up tomorrow and see how it feels. I'd like to play as soon as possible, so we'll see."
Wright said right-hander Shaun Marcum, who volunteered to pitch in relief between starts, did something more worthwhile than the third baseman did by merely volunteering to pinch hit with neck stiffness. Marcum logged two innings and suffered the loss in the 5-hour, 31-minute game. Marcum said he still should be able to pitch Friday on turn in Atlanta.
"I would say Shaun Marcum was a much bigger situation, because you don't see everyday starting pitchers go down to the bullpen and kind of voluntarily want to do that to try to help us out," Wright said. "That's huge. All of us know how important wins are."
The Mets have lost five straight and dropped a season-low four games under .500. And Wright did not minimize the importance of getting wins now.
"It's only April, but we need to get this thing going in the right direction," the captain said. "We've hit a speed bump here lately, so I think everybody knows how important it is to try to win a game. Then you start feeling better about yourselves and start rolling. That's kind of where we're at right now. You get that win, and then you get a little more confident and start feeling a little better about yourself.
"Wins are wins. Wins are tough to come by. Especially when you're out there for 14 or 15 innings, you really want to win those, just for kind of your psyche and confidence-wise."