We heard on Monday that David Wright wouldn’t make his Grapefruit League debut this week due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. The Mets continue to express confidence that the 29-year-old third baseman is making progress, but he won’t be playing in a game anytime soon.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Mets manager Terry Collins said this afternoon that Wright won’t play until next weekend at the earliest and is scheduled to see a doctor Monday. His doctor visit was previously scheduled, so there’s no indication that he has suffered any sort of setback.
Wright has maintained that he would be in the lineup if this was the regular season, so he probably deserves the benefit of the doubt for now, but this obviously isn’t what he had in mind after being limited to just 102 games last season due to a stress fracture in his lower back.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.