The Mets announced this morning that third baseman and team captain David Wright will undergo surgery on the herniated disk in his neck. Officially there is no timetable for his return, but when the possibility of surgery was first raised the other day it was thought that surgery would end Wright’s 2016 season. It likely will.
Wright was placed on the disabled list earlier this month, retroactive to May 28. He was diagnosed with spinal stenosis — a narrowing of the spinal column — last season. Despite all of that, Wright was hitting well prior to landing on the DL, carrying a .788 OPS with seven home runs and 14 RBI in 164 plate appearances.
While the pennant-winning 2015 campaign brought warm feelings, Wright was limited to 38 games last season. He played in 37 this year. Sadly, these injuries are essentially ending Wright’s time as a regular contributor. Given that they’re the sort of injuries which could likewise impact his off-the-field life, they could end his career outright. Just an unfortunate set of circumstances for a guy who even when experiencing criticism from the fans and the press, has never wavered in his commitment to the Mets and has never not played hard.