By Abby Sims
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With David Wright in New York for an assessment of his sore ribs, whether he’ll continue to play for the US in the World Baseball Classic — Wright said he probably would, but Joe Torre all but ruled it out —  is the least of the Mets’ worries.

It appears from the way he pointed to the problematic area that the third baseman’s complaints refer to his right side, and reports are that the issue is in Wright’s back rather than his chest.

This might be set off by a condition that results in a persistent or intense cough, an aggressive throw or even from repetitive use in the presence of underlying pathology.

Like other muscles, the intercostals can suffer strains, and the ribs themselves can fracture or exhibit stress reactions — a fatigue response that is a precursor to a fracture if not rested and rehabbed.

A player currently nursing a stress reaction in his left rib(s) is Seattle Mariners right-handed reliever Josh Kinney.

Here’s hoping that Wright is back on the field soon, but only when it’s unlikely that he could exacerbate his condition.

When do you expect to see Wright back on the field? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…


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