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.
Wright (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday, serving as the team's designated hitter, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Between last season's neck injury that shut him down in July and this year's shoulder impingement, Wright has gone over a year without any game action, but that will change Tuesday as he takes over the designated hitter spot for the High-A club. While Wright remains hopeful he can return to the Mets before the end of the season, it will likely take several weeks for him to round into big-league shape. Even if he does return to the Big Apple in 2017, it is not certain that he will see everyday action.
Wright (shoulder) remains confident that he'll be able to return to the Mets before the season comes to a close, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. Wright was able to begin some baseball activities earlier this month, but he's essentially going through the equivalent of spring training again with the right shoulder impingement having sidelined him since late February. It may take several weeks for Wright to ramp up his workouts and progress to full batting practice and fielding drills before eventually kicking off a rehab assignment, so if he does end up suiting up for the Mets in 2017, it may only be for a handful of games in the second half of September. Having Wright back on the field before the campaign draws to a close would certainly aid the Mets in their evaluation for him heading into 2018, but after the 34-year-old missed most of the past three seasons due to injury, the organization may not view him as a realistic everyday option at this stage of his career.