David Wright reported back to Mets camp on Sunday morning and offered some perspective for those wanting to blame the World Baseball Classic on his back injury. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has the message:
“You can get hurt in spring training,” the third baseman said. “You can get hurt before spring training. Playing baseball, there’s some risk that comes along with that, whether it’s in Port St. Lucie or Arizona or Miami. … Unfortunately things like that happen. It has nothing to do with the tournament itself. It has everything to do with some bad luck.”
Wright was given a cortisone shot Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He can’t say for sure whether he’s going to be able to be a member of the Mets’ starting lineup on Opening Day.
“It’s not nearly as bad as it was,” Wright told reporters on Sunday. “I can definitely feel it.”
The 30-year-old batted .438/.526/.750 with 10 RBI in four World Baseball Classic games.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.