It's been a tough few years for the veteran third baseman. David Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015, and since then, he's appeared in just 75 games and had multiple surgeries to address issues with his back, neck and shoulder. Last season marked the first since Wright's debut in 2004 where he didn't appear in a single major-league game. The 35-year-old is determined to get back on the field in 2018, but even if he does return, there's a good chance that Wright won't be viewed as an everyday option given the amount of time he's been sidelined. On top of that, while his production has been undeniably great when healthy in the past -- he owns a .296/.376/.491 career line to go along with 242 homers in 13 big-league seasons -- it's far from a guarantee that he'll be able to shake off the rust and return to his pre-injury form at 35 years old.
Wright (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday. Wright underwent surgery on his back in early October, which comes after he missed the entire 2017 season due to shoulder and back ailments. The 34-year-old has only played in 75 games between the last two seasons, but appears to be gearing up for another year and should be ready to go by spring training, barring any additional setbacks.
Wright (shoulder) underwent successful back surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday. Wright officially underwent a laminotomy procedure, which should be able to alleviate some pressure in his back. This comes in addition to rotator cuff surgery that the 34-year-old received a month ago, after missing the entire 2017 campaign with shoulder and back issues. Although there hasn't been any sort of concrete timetable for Wright's recovery, he will likely be back to full health by the time spring training rolls around, barring any further setbacks.
Wright underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his right rotator cuff, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. General manager Sandy Alderson shed some light on Wright's status, telling Marc Carig of Newsday that he thinks the shoulder injury was the result of a long layoff while adding that he doesn't think the surgery will be a "significant deterrent" to Wright's rehab. Wright missed the entire season due to shoulder complications and he also has spinal stenosis, a chronic back issue which can cause weakness and numbness. The 34-year-old has played in just 75 games combined over the past three seasons and will need to show something next spring to even enter the conversation as a reserve-round flier in mixed leagues.
Wright (shoulder) will undergo right rotator cuff surgery in New York on Tuesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The Mets likely won't offer a timetable for Wright's return to full health until after the surgery is completed, but it will officially spell an end to his 2017 campaign, which never really got underway. With Wright having appeared in just 75 games with the Mets the last three years and set to turn 35 in December, it's growing more and more likely that his days as an everyday player could be over. If the Mets aren't satisfied with their internal options at third base, it's possible that they'll look to address the position via free agency or trade during the offseason. Wright, meanwhile, will turn his attention toward getting healthy in time for spring training and attempting to prove to the Mets that he still has something left in the tank.
Wright (shoulder) went 1-for-3 while playing third base for five innings in a rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Friday. According to Matt Ehalt of The Record, Wright made an error on one of the three balls hit to him on the day in what was his first time playing third base in a game since last season. The Mets will keep a watchful eye on Wright's performance in the field during what's expected to be a lengthy rehab assignment before determining what role he'll fill for the big club once activated from the 60-day disabled list, likely at some point in September. If Wright's right shoulder impingement presents regular issues for him defensively, he could end up being limited to pinch-hitting duties upon returning to the Mets.