What’s Mets’ Thinking About Wright?

David Wright is back at Citi Field after undergoing neck surgery and said he doesn’t expect to play again this season, but expects to return next year … and be again a viable player.

WRIGHT: What's next? (AP)

WRIGHT: What’s next? (AP)

“I’m going to be out for an extended period of time,” Wright told reporters Friday in his first public comments since undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his neck. “But I plan on coming back and being the player that I feel like I’m capable of being.”

Dr. Robert Watkins removed the damaged disk and fragments putting pressure on Wright’s spinal cord. Wright said Watkins was adamant about surgery because of fear of permanent damage.

When Wright is able to return next season is unknown. The way he spoke Friday of his concerns of losing his balance or being bumped underscores how this year is out.

Despite his optimism, and considering his recent injury history, nothing can be assumed with Wright. James Loney, who drove in three runs with a homer and double Friday, threw the Mets a lifeline in replacing Lucas Duda. The Mets haven’t been as fortunate with a replacement for Wright.

Wilmer Flores has been serviceable so far, and there is always the hope Jose Reyes will give the Mets an offensive spark, but can he play the position?

It would have been advantageous to see Wright this year as to get a feel for what he can do and what their offseason needs might be. This season will end for the Mets not knowing about Wright’s ability to play third base, or anywhere else, for that matter.

They might be forced to consider signing, or trading for, a third baseman this winter.

Of course, the hope is Wright will return in 2017 and be a productive player.

7 thoughts on “What’s Mets’ Thinking About Wright?

  1. .352 ave (14) hrs (55) rbi’s (47) runs (22) doubles
    Geoffie thinks david looks great with a beard. If only we had a 3b who could put up numbers like above in half a season…

    oh wait we did…….. he wanted to play for the Mets….. put up with all their bs… still wanted to stay…
    oh well.

  2. David Wright’s days as a 3d baseman for the Mets are over. Let’s not delude ourselves. His decline began even before the ridiculous contract he received. The tightwad Mets are painted into a corner.

    On the other hand, how can I be too critical of Aldersen when his acquisitions over the past 12 months have paid off so well? I guess, like David, I could moan about Murphy. Who wouldn’t miss him – but honestly, who would have thought?

  3. Ysupposedly he had the same type of surgery manning had who came back and played well enough

  4. I think this is David and the Mets doing what they have to do. Basically saying David is trying to get back, he’s expecting them to get back. To be followed by an announcement sometime after a failed attempt to come back in the spring that he is forced to retire. Allowing the Mets to get some insurance relief, David to still get his money and allowing them both to escape the embarrassment of his final years continuing to decline. Take your time and don’t put your life in jeopardy DW hang em up and go on vacation.

  5. “It would have been advantageous to see Wright this year as to get a feel for what he can do and what their offseason needs might be. This season will end for the Mets not knowing about Wright’s ability to play third base, or anywhere else, for that matter.”

    I believe this question is asked Only in Polite and Public Settings. It’s quite apparent that Wright’s days as a ballplayer are over. Rehab could put him back on the field, but it cannot keep him there.

    • Eric: Privately, I think they believe he is done. The tricky part will be buying out the remaining five years of his contract. Won’t be easy, or cheap. Thanks.-JD