After playing just 38 games in 2015 due to spinal stenosis, David Wright played one fewer last season due to cervical discectomy and fusion surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. Before having his season prematurely truncated, Wright smacked seven homers with three surprising steals, though a 60 percent contact rate was a big drag on his average. Putting aside the health concerns, the pre-surgery production is encouraging since a great deal of his strikeout woes can be attributed to timing after missing most the previous season. Durability is obviously a huge concern, on the heels of two major, career-threatening procedures. If he proves capable, Wright will open the 2017 season manning third base for the Mets. Drafting Wright makes sense only if you have a built-in exit strategy such as ticketing him for corner or utility duty with a quality replacement at the ready. Or better yet, let him be someone else's wishful thinking.
Wright (neck) has begun simulating baseball activities, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports. This essentially means Wright is doing the baseball-related movements without being on the field. The hope is that he can actually get out on the dirt before the end of December. This is a unique situation, as Wright's injuries over the past couple years are serious and somewhat unprecedented. For now he profiles as the Opening Day third baseman, but a lot could change between now and then. Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores linger as replacement options.
Wright (neck) is expected to begin baseball activities by the end of December, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Wright missed the bulk of the past two seasons due to injury woes, but it appears that the veteran is on track to get back on the diamond relatively soon even after undergoing a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery in June. No specific timetable exists for his return, but general manager Sandy Alderson was adamant that Wright will be their starting third baseman, so it seems like the Mets are confident that he should be recovered and ready to go in the not-too-distant future.
Wright (neck) believes he will be ready to go for spring training, James Wagner of the New York Times reports. Wright underwent a cervical disectomy and fusion surgery in June that left his status for the remainder of 2016 in doubt. He was eventually moved to the 60-day DL and missed the remainder of the season but the veteran appears confident he will return to the diamond for the start of 2017. However, Wright has played just 75 games combined between 2015 and 2016, making him a risky bet in fantasy leagues even if he's a go t begin the campaign
Wright (neck) will be moved to the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. With Jose Reyes set to return to the Mets on Tuesday, the move to the 60-day DL will free up a spot on the 40-man roster. Wright remains without a firm return timeline, and it's possible he could miss the entirety of the remainder of the 2016 season after undergoing neck surgery back in mid-June.
Wright (neck) is unsure if he can return this season, James Wagner of the New York Times reports. Two weeks after cervical disectomy and fusion surgery, Wright is saying that he is unsure if he will be able to return in 2016. The 33-year-old also has a condition called spinal stenosis, which narrows the spine and causes pain, weakness, and numbness, that could further delay his recovery time. The third baseman is still a ways away from resuming baseball activities and a return to the majors this season appears highly questionable.