Mets third baseman David Wright just recently began throwing a baseball for the first time since neck surgery last June. He’s suffered a setback, however, and now won’t throw for “a couple weeks” after being diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement.
He began experiencing shoulder soreness in some of his private throwing sessions in the past week, so the Mets have sent him to New York to get checked out. General manager Sandy Alderson is calling him “questionable” for Opening Day.
The Mets were not sure how much they could get from Wright in 2017 to begin with, but this is nonetheless bad news.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.