Mets send David Wright to New York for rib cage exam

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Mets third baseman David Wright hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game this spring due to discomfort on the left side of his rib cage.

Wanting to rule out anything serious, team doctors have summoned him to New York to have his midsection examined and to get a cortisone shot.

This according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.

Wright won’t need many Grapefruit League plate appearances to get properly geared up for the start of the regular season, but injuries plagued his 2011 campaign and if this rib cage thing lingers for more than another week there will be reason to wonder whether he’s going to be able to start the 2012 schedule on time.

Mets left-hander Tim Byrdak is also heading to New York. He has a knee injury and may need a scope.

Report: Athletics to acquire Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.

Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.

The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.