David Wright is hoping this is a one-day blip, that a night out of the starting lineup will go a long way toward appeasing the pain in his neck.

The Mets were more concerned, worried that Wright's stiff neck could sideline their $138 million third baseman for a more significant stretch of time.

"He's our star," manager Terry Collins said. "You take your star out of the lineup, it changes the lineup pretty much. What we've got to do is jump on the back of somebody else and hope they carry you for a while till he gets back."

The injury first put its teeth into Wright's neck during Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Phillies.

"The first or second inning, I felt some spasms in my neck," Wright said. "It just progressively got worse."

Wright told Collins, but lobbied to stay in the game.

"He played with a broken back," Collins said. "A stiff neck is not something he's going to come out of the lineup [to deal with]."

The pain has a grip on the right side of his neck. Wright said it would be difficult for him to make throws across the diamond, but he did pinch hit in the 13th inning and struck out looking.