Third baseman David Wright has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained hamstring and recent reports had his recovery going slower than expected. And now we know why, as the Mets announced that Wright suffered a back injury earlier this week.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Wright has had lower back pain for several days, but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. However, his rehab has been put on hold and there’s no timetable for it resuming.
It’s possible that the back injury proves minor and Wright’s hamstring was apparently just about fully healed, but for now the news is not good in the wake of his significant shoulder problems last season. Daniel Murphy will continue to fill in at third base, with Dilson Herrera replacing him at second base.
Wright missed 50 games in 2013 and 28 games in 2014, although his production suffered greatly last season when he played through the shoulder injury and he finished with a career-low .698 OPS. He was off to a good start this year before being shut down, going 11-for-33 (.333) with one homer and a .796 OPS through eight games.
Wright, a 32-year-old seven-time All-Star, is making $20 million this season and owed another $87 million through 2020.