Don’t count David Wright out yet. The captain and All-Star third baseman for the Mets was able to do some “light” baseball activity yesterday in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Just saying that last sentence out loud is refreshing.
Assistant general manager John Ricco gave an update on Wright’s progress, stating he has been playing catch, fielding ground balls and hitting off a tee at the Mets’ minor league complex. This is the first time Wright has held a baseball since being sidelined with a shoulder impingement and a cervical disc herniation. The latter became an issue in May of 2016, the last time David played a game.
Speaking to the media, Ricco was optimistic but cautious about this development, stating:
“It’s a good sign. [He’ll] kind of take it and see how his body responds as he starts to ramp up a little bit… We’re looking too far ahead, we’re just trying to see how it goes over these next few days.”
Regardless how small the progress may be, this is huge for the franchise hit leader. Since his last full season in 2014, David Wright has only played in 75 games. In 2015 he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, and he hasn’t been the same since.
Will Wright be able to play a game this season? The odds are not in his favor, but that doesn’t mean he won’t try. At this point, any sign of progression will be a relief for Captain America.