It’s March 1 and David Wright has already suffered another setback.
Surprised? No. Disappointed? Certainly.
On Tuesday, the New York Mets announced that Wright has an “impingement” in his right shoulder. Mets GM Sand Alderson told the media Wright will continue to serve as the team’s designated hitter this spring, but he is not expected to throw a baseball for “a couple of weeks.”
Until then, rest and exercises designed to strengthen his shoulder.
Alderson tried to sound hopeful saying, “Our goal is to get him back to third base.” Hope is in short supply given Wright’s recent health history.
He has played in 75 games over the last two seasons. Wright was initially sidelined by spinal stenosis, then neck surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and now shoulder weakness related to his rehab from last season’s season-ending neck surgery.
“He’s a special kid. That’s why we need him.” Terry Collins talks about the hole David Wright’s absence leaves in the Mets’ clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/pYjfYDKIGh
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) February 28, 2017
Wright is now 34 years old and has fours years and $67 million left on his contract. Despite the uncertainty, the New York Post referred to Wright’s future as the “sad reality” and Mets manager Terry Collins seems resigned to moving on adding, “Sandy [Alderson] put this team together for reasons such as this.”
David Wright has not returned to Mets camp because he’s seeking a second opinion on his shoulder impingement. He’s due back later this week.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 1, 2017