David Wright

#5 3B / N.Y. Mets / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 206 lb Age: 34 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    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.

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    • Wright (shoulder) could begin throwing a baseball again in a couple of weeks, The New York Post reports. "I've got to finish the shoulder program that our team doctors have given me to complete,'' Wright said Friday. "Once that's completed then we'll try throwing again and hopefully it's relatively pain free.'' He's set to remain in extended spring training once the regular season begins, but if Wright's current rehab goes well he'll at least have a shot at returning to the Mets' lineup within the first month of the season. Until he's able to throw a ball without pain, though, his baseball future remains cloudy.

    • Manager Terry Collins said that he doubts Wright (shoulder) will be able to appear in another Grapefruit League game this year, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. The embattled third baseman has already missed a good chunk of time with his current shoulder issue, and it seems like the Mets aren't going to try to push him any further with the hope of speeding up his rehab process. There are some concerns over Wright's availability for the season as a whole, and given his extensive injury history and the severity that this ailment seems to pose, rostering him seems to be quite risky at this time.

    • Wright said the second opinion he sought upheld the initial diagnosis of a shoulder impingement, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Wright is slated to return to camp sometime in the next week, but what he'll actually do remains up in the air -- along with his timetable to start the season and, perhaps his career, given his ongoing spinal stenosis. New York will not push its 34-year-old captain to start the season on time if he's behind, which may position Jose Reyes as the Opening Day third baseman. Any fantasy player expecting immediate contributions from Wright must temper expectations.

    • Wright (shoulder) said it was "worthless" to guess when he might be ready to take part in any games again, The New York Post reports. "I think this is something that just needs to be corrected with an aggressive, probably time-consuming shoulder rehab and that is why I want to start concentrating on that before I do a lot of baseball stuff," Wright said Thursday. It's becoming increasingly clear that Jose Reyes will be the Mets' third baseman on Opening Day, but it's also becoming clear that the team can't really count on Wright to be in the lineup at all during the 2017 season. The 34-year-old hasn't given up on the idea of resuming his career and has four years remaining on his contract, but from a fantasy perspective there's little reason to use a roster spot on Wright.

    • Wright (shoulder) won't hit in upcoming Grapefruit League games, although he has been cleared to do so, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. It was recently reported that Wright was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement. Doctors have given him permission to hit in live games, but he has no intentions of doing so. Instead, the veteran will take his time and progress in his rehab for the time being.

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    2016 NYM 37 137 18 31 7 14 26 55 3 .226
    2015 NYM 38 152 24 44 5 17 22 36 2 .289
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