Mets place Wright on disabled list

Wright leaves the field after injuring his hamstring. Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets placed third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a hamstring injury. He is expected to be sidelined three weeks.

Wright suffered the injury on an awkward slide into second base on Tuesday in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“A couple of feet before the bag I just felt my hamstring grab,” Wright told ESPN New York.

“I thought it might be something that I could stretch out a little bit. But then I took a couple of secondary leads and just realized that if the ball was put in play I wouldn’t have been able to do anything positive, that’s for sure. It took a couple a pitches and it didn’t get any better. That’s when I thought I’d rather say something and hopefully catch this thing before I make the same mistake I made a couple of years ago, when I tried to play through it and made it worse.”

Wright is batting .333 (11-for-33) through eight games this season. He has missed 78 games over the last two seasons because of injuries.