Mets third baseman David Wright has been out since August 3 with a strained right hamstring. The initial prognosis had him missing three to five weeks, which would have had him back towards the end of August at the earliest, but manager Terry Collins is aware there is a chance the cornerstone of his lineup may have played his last game of 2013.
Via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo:
“No question,” Collins said when asked if Wright might not return from a strained right hamstring. “There’s nothing etched in stone. We’re hoping certainly that it’s four weeks. If it’s five, it’s five. If it’s six, it’s six. If he gets back, tremendous. That means the healing process and all the rehab stuff will work. But there is absolutely no timetable at all.”
Before landing on the disabled list, Wright had a .904 OPS, tops among National League third basemen. With 16 home runs and 17 stolen bases, he was well on his way to his third career 20/20 season.
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.