NEW YORK (WFAN) — Although he says it’s “really not that big of a deal,” David Wright admitted on Monday he’s nursing back and neck soreness stemming from a collision with Houston Astros star Carlos Lee three weeks ago.

“It’s just something you play through,” Wright said before yesterday’s loss to the Colorado Rockies. “It’s one of those things where obviously you’ve got to know your body and what you can play through and what you can’t play through.”

Wright had been mired in a 3-for-19 slump entering yesterday’s game, something the third baseman said has nothing to do with his back.

“There’s a difference between being banged up and being hurt,” Wright said.

Manager Terry Collins sees things differently.

“I do believe it has something to do with it,” he said. “David Wright will never make it an excuse. … This guy’s just too good a hitter to run through the streak he’s going through.

“He’s been playing with it. He’s just fighting through it. When this thing starts to go away, and I think it will as the weather warms up a little bit, you’ll see the swing of old.”

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