David Wright to undergo neck surgery

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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.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.