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 will be shut down for eight weeks after disclosing that his shoulder and back problems continue to bother him, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. This is a tough blow for the veteran third baseman, as he is now essentially guaranteed to miss two years of action dating back to the original time of his injury (May of 2016). The Mets will likely continue to play things slowly with Wright, especially given that they have a perfectly competent short-term replacement at third in Todd Frazier in addition to Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes and T.J. Rivera (elbow).
Wright is still in the process of building up strength in his shoulder and back and hasn't received clearance to swing a bat or begin throwing during spring training, Steve Popper of The Bergen Record reports. With just over three weeks to go until Opening Day and Wright without a timetable for returning to the field, it seems inevitable that the 35-year-old will begin the season on the disabled list. The bigger question is whether Wright, who last appeared in a game for the Mets on May 27, 2016, will ever progress to the point that he can resume his playing career. Wright is due $47 million over the next three seasons thanks to the eight-year contract extension he inked with the Mets in December 2012.
General manager Sandy Alderson said Wright (shoulder) has yet to begin baseball activity, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports. While Wright is determined to make it back to the field in 2018, this is pretty discouraging news with spring training rapidly approaching. Since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015, the 35-year-old has appeared in just 75 games -- with none coming in 2017 -- and undergone multiple surgeries to address issues with his back, neck and shoulder. The Mets are expected to assess him when he arrives in St. Lucie around the start of February, and his status should hopefully clear up shortly thereafter.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is expected to provide an update later this month regarding Wright's (shoulder, back) health heading into spring training, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Wright has been limited to just 75 appearances over the past three seasons -- with none coming in 2017 -- after enduring a litany of surgeries to address spinal stenosis, in addition to one in September to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The veteran third baseman, who also underwent his most recent back procedure a month later, hopes to keep his playing career going but admitted he's uncertain if he'll be able to return to a high level of play again. Alderson should shed more light on Wright's condition in the near future, but even if the 35-year-old is dealing with no reported setbacks from his fall surgeries, he'll likely face some limitations in spring training.
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.
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