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David Wright Injury Update: Mets Star Will Undergo Neck Surgery

New York Mets third baseman David Wright will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck on Thursday after previously being placed on the 15-day disabled list. 

ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin tweeted statements from the team and Wright on the decision and Wright’s teammate Noah Syndergaard reacted to the news:

The 33-year-old veteran was hitting .226 with seven home runs and 14 RBI prior to going on the DL.

While the Mets have yet to reveal a timetable for their captain’s return, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported Tuesday that neck surgery could keep him out for the remainder of the season.

Losing the seven-time All Star for the rest of the 2016 campaign would be a major blow to New York’s lineup and depth, although it has experience in handling similar situations, as Wright played in just 38 regular-season games last year.

The 2012 season was the last time he appeared in more than 134 games, so the Mets have some contingency plans in place.

Wilmer Flores figures to get the bulk of the at-bats as Wright’s replacement at third base. Flores was a full-time starter at shortstop last season and hit 16 home runs, so it may not be a significant drop-off compared to how Wright was playing prior to landing on the DL.

The Mets also reacquired Kelly Johnson in a trade with the Atlanta Braves last week in a move that may have been made in anticipation of Wright’s ailment being a long-term issue.

Wright’s absence hurts from an on-field leadership perspective perhaps even more than it does in terms of his production, but the Mets have a roster loaded with World Series experience after last season’s run. That should keep them in playoff contention even without their captain.


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David Wright Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Neck and Return

New York Mets third baseman David Wright is suffering from a herniated disk in his neck, which could force him onto the disabled list. He hasn’t played since May 27, and it is uncertain when he will be ready to return to the lineup.  

Continue for updates. 

Wright Out vs. White Sox

Wednesday, June 1

The Mets announced that Wright will not play against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Wright Undergoes Injection

Tuesday, May 31

Adam Rubin of ESPN reported that Wright received an injection, but he noted that it takes 48 hours to take effect, “so it looks like Wright is active but unavailable for this series.”

Wright Comments on Injury

Monday, May 30

Wright told reporters he’s been diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck, adding that he’s “not sure” if it’s related to his spinal stenosis. The third baseman also said he will see a doctor on Tuesday.

Collins Comments on Wright’s Status

Monday, May 30

“Yes, I’m concerned about [Wright] possibly [going on the disabled list],” manager Terry Collins said Monday morning, per Danny Knobler for ESPN.com. “The condition he’s been playing in and the condition he’s in right now, yeah, I’m concerned about it. I know this guy plays with a lot of discomfort. He always has. When he can’t play, he’s hurt. So yeah, I’m concerned about it.”

Mets GM Comments on Wright’s Status

Sunday, May 29

“We’ll just have to see what happens over the next 24 hours,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday, per Rubin“It’s bothering him. I don’t want to get into it at this point, until we have more concrete information.” 

Wright Struggling to Shake Injury Bug

Wright’s back flared up on him on May 17, but the seemingly minor injury was a cause for concern after he was diagnosed last summer with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. 

Through 37 appearances this season, the veteran hot corner patrolman is batting .226 with seven home runs, 14 RBI and a .350 on-base percentage. 

The 33-year-old is a far cry from the player who nabbed seven All-Star appearances between 2006 and 2013, but he’s still the heart and soul of the defending National League champions. 

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David Wright’s 4-RBI Outburst Puts Charge Back into Mets’ Slumbering Offense

On Friday night at Citi Field, David Wright‘s bat woke up. Then the rest of the New York Mets offense stirred from its slumber. And just like that, we have ourselves a World Series.

Yes, the Kansas City Royals still hold a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven Fall Classic. But after cruising to a 9-3 victory in Game 3 behind a strong six-inning start from Noah Syndergaard and, most essentially, a barrage of knocks, the Amazins are alive and kicking.

A lineup that collected just one extra-base hit in Games 1 and 2 in Kansas City and looked downright moribund in the process erupted for 12 hits, including a pair of home runs.

The first and biggest blast came in the bottom of the first, when Wright dug in for his first-ever Fall Classic at-bat in front of the hometown faithful and promptly launched a crackling Yordano Ventura fastball to deep left field.

The two-run bomb was the first Wright has hit since Sept. 26. In the sixth, he singled with the bases loaded to drive in another pair of runs. That more than doubled his RBI total for the 2015 postseason:

Wright wasn’t the only hitter who left his mark on Game 3, and we’ll get to that in a moment. First, though, let’s pause to appreciate what the guy they call the Captain accomplished on a chilly evening in Queens and how unlikely it was.

Oh, sure, Wright is a seven-time All-Star, the longest-tenured Met and still arguably the face of the franchise.

But he also played in just 38 regular-season games after landing on the disabled list with a strained hamstring in April, and then he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which ended up being about as bad as it sounds.

The mere fact the 32-year-old third baseman returned to the everyday lineup down the stretch and into October was a symbolic boost for New York.

Entering play Friday, however, Wright had done little at the plate. He was just 7-for-41 with 14 strikeouts in the postseason and looked frequently overmatched.

“I’ve been better,” Wright said during the National League Championship Series, per Dan Martin of the New York Post. “When you’re not feeling great at the plate, you try to work some walks and do other things in the game well. Hopefully the hits come and I can join in offensively.”

On Friday, he did more than join. He led, and others followed.

Like Curtis Granderson, who launched a two-run dinger of his own into the right-field corner in the bottom of the third, putting the Mets back up 4-3. They would tack on five more runs, with Michael Conforto and Juan Uribe (returning from an extended injury absence) chipping in RBI base hits and Yoenis Cespedes notching a sac fly.

Even Syndergaard got in on the offensive act, rapping out a single ahead of Granderson’s big fly.

The Royals’ arms mostly baffled the Mets in Missouri. Now, in the Big Apple, the worm has turned.

“That pitching staff over there…makes it difficult for you to get things going,” Granderson told Fox’s Erin Andrews immediately after Game 3. “[We] tried to put pressure on them, get good at-bats, take it one pitch at a time. No matter what you’re doing up there in that batter’s box, you can’t win the game on [one] swing.”

Technically you can; that’s what walk-offs are for. But his point is taken. The Mets needed a balanced attack and to prove the Royals—whose insane ability to put wood on the ball was highlighted by Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller—aren’t the only swingers in this series.

In fact, New York swiped a page from Kansas City’s playbook, as the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman noted mid-game:

Mostly, the Mets humbled a Royals squad that was looking more and more like an unstoppable force. They exposed Ventura, who had electric stuff at times but couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning.

Looking ahead to Game 4, they’ll face right-hander Chris Young, who threw 53 pitches in relief in Game 1 on Tuesday. So they’ll have another chance, in theory, to chase K.C.’s starter early and get to the Royals’ middle-relief arms, who also faltered Friday.

Of course, this being the postseason, things can spin on a dime. Just because the Mets were scary good Friday doesn’t mean they’ll be the same on Halloween and beyond. Wright’s outburst might have been a one-time deal rather than the beginning of a trend. Kansas City has proved it can shift quickly and relentlessly into shutdown mode.

But facts are facts. The Mets nearly doubled their run total from the first two contests in Game 3. They more than doubled their tally of extra-base hits. And they did it behind an inspirational performance from a beloved veteran and clubhouse leader.

Suffice it to say, New York is awake—and we have ourselves a series.


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David Wright’s Poor Play Making Him Unfortunate Mets World Series Liability

This should be David Wright’s stage. 

This should be where the man once tagged as Captain America and the captain of the New York Mets, the only franchise for which he’s ever played, shined brightest. In David Wright’s first World Series, he should be the superstar of superstars. 

Unfortunately for him and his Mets, the 32-year-old, 12-year veteran is a falling star this October. Whether it is because of his wrenched, hurting, game-altering back or not, Wright’s lack of production has made him a slight liability during this postseason.

And while his defense has at times been outstanding, it was his botched ground ball and wide throw in the 14th inning that eventually led to the Kansas City Royals winning Game 1 of the World Series 5-4 at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night—or Wednesday morning, depending on your time zone.

Wright went 2-for-7 in the Fall Classic’s opener. He stranded four of the team’s 11 runners left on base, including stranding two after striking out in the 11th inning, and he was thrown out trying to steal in the ninth inning. For the postseason, he is now hitting .189/.348/.243 with 14 strikeouts and no home runs.

“It’s obviously a tough one to swallow, but once we leave the ballpark tonight we need to forget about it and start focusing on tomorrow’s game,” Wright told reporters after the game, as shown on MLB Network. “Coming into this we knew these guys were an excellent opponent, and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. These are the types of hurdles we’re going to have to clear if we expect to win this thing.”

Wright has not been a total disaster in his second postseason. He has acknowledged not feeling great because of the spinal stenosis that limited him to 38 games this season, but it has not completely hurt his entire game.

“I’ve been better,” Wright told reporters, including Dan Martin of the New York Post, during the National League Championship Series. “When you’re not feeling great at the plate, you try to work some walks and do other things in the game well. Hopefully the hits come and I can join in offensively.”

Wright has at least been able to get on base with those walks. He’s drawn nine in these playoffs, and he went into Game 1 Tuesday with a .359 OBP despite going 1-for-16 in the National League Division Series. He picked it up in the NLCS by going 4-for-14 with a .444 OBP, but there was no doubt he was having issues catching up to good fastballs and covering pitches down and away.

Both those problems could easily be related to a bad back.

“He’s just a little late,” Mets hitting coach Kevin Long told Martin. “He needs to be more ready to hit the fastball. It’s nothing more than that.”

Wright’s back certainly has not hurt his defense much, if at all.

He made more than one play in the NLCS that in no way suggested he was a third baseman in his 30s playing with a crippling back injury—watch them here. He looked agile and quite capable of being one of New York’s defensive pillars, as he has been at times throughout his career.

Wright showed off again Tuesday. He made a leaping play when he went up to snatch extra bases from Royals catcher Salvador Perez in the fourth inning of a tied game.

Unfortunately for the Mets’ chances of winning this series, Wright could not make the play on the ball hit just about right at him. And that likely had nothing to do with his aching back, but it definitely helped his club lose the first game of this series. 

Afterward, Wright said the error happened because of “an in-between hop,” per Matt Ehalt of the Record. Whatever it was, it hurt, as did his two-out strikeout with two runners on against Ryan Madson on a cutter down and away. That came five pitches after Wright got ahead in the count 3-0.

The Mets now have to regroup and rebound. They still have the better starting pitching. They still have a lineup capable of getting on base and hitting for some power.

They also have their captain. He is still getting on base, and he is still a valuable glove at third base despite his costly error. However, if he stops drawing walks and continues to strike out, the value of his defense and his leadership will not trump his shortcomings. Then, no matter the reason, he will become a liability in this World Series.

For now, the Mets will ride him out because he is their franchise player, hurt or healthy.


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Why the New York Mets Will Be Unstoppable in the Postseason

Buckle up, fans of the New York Mets. Your team is about to take you on a World Series ride.

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Not this year. Not this group. Not this manager. Anybody who tells you that he predicted back in March that the 2015 Mets would win the National League East is probably lying to your face. Even supposed Mets “homers” weren’t allowing themselves to get caught up in any hype at the end of last winter.

These are not the ’06 Mets. That team was undeniably the best in the division. Those Mets should have won Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. Those Mets would have won the World Series against any American League opponent from that year. Those Mets should have been the start of a dynasty.

The Mets from this past spring were never supposed to catch up with the Washington Nationals before the fall months. While the Nationals were the uncrowned division champions at the start of the Major League Baseball season, the Mets were about to go through a campaign that would largely be about the team making a decision on the fate of manager Terry Collins. Heck, even general manager Sandy Alderson was, in the eyes of some fans, on the hot seat six months ago.

That seems like a different lifetime ago.

Fate has smiled upon the Mets over the past two months in a way that has, in the past, been experienced by the other New York baseball team. In some alternate universe, the trade of Wilmer Flores for Carlos Gomez goes through on the night of July 29. Gomez is damaged goods when he arrives to the Mets, the clubhouse is deflated by the trade of Flores and the Mets crumble apart as the Nationals ascend to the top of the division standings.

That didn’t happen. Disaster did not strike the Mets this time around. The death of the Gomez deal opened up the possibility of the Mets acquiring outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, and the team pulled the trigger on that trade before the July deadline. Cespedes has been a revelation of a rental player, helping convert the Mets from a postseason contender to a team that could legitimately win a World Series.

How great has Cespedes been in orange and blue? He would, in a fair world, be a Most Valuable Player candidate even though he has only been with the Mets for a third of the season. Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post mentioned this very fact in a piece that was published on September 10:

Of course, in the 36 games since joining the Mets, he has an absurd .675 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.032 with 14 homers and 36 RBIs. He is not a perfect player by any stretch, swinging at too many fastballs in his eyes, overrunning that ball in the outfield the other night. But the Mets have won 25 of those games. They have gone from down two to up seven on the Nationals after Wednesday night’s sweep-finishing victory at Nationals Park.

His value is inarguable.

Cespedes has, in 53 appearances for the Mets (h/t ESPN), hit 17 home runs. He has driven in 44 RBI. No player in the NL has represented an injection of life into a club as has Cespedes since early August. Bryce Harper will probably win MVP, if only because he was with the Nationals on Opening Day. That’s fine.

Harper can accept the award from his couch while he is watching the Mets play October baseball.

As Amazin‘ (pun intended) as Cespedes has been, the story of David Wright has been even more incredible. Concerns about Wright potentially being permanently sidelined by spinal stenosis have been replaced with highlights featuring the living Mr. Met crushing five home runs and delivering 17 RBI in 34 games played (h/t ESPN). Those numbers are nice, but anybody who has followed the Mets since 2004 knows that Wright means far more to the club than what he contributes to the lineup and in the field.

Watch videos of the Mets celebrating after defeating the Cincinnati Reds to clinch the division title last Saturday. Teammates, one by one, approached and embraced Wright. The poor guy couldn’t even get through a single postgame interview with SNY without having champagne dumped on his head multiple times. No other NL team has that kind of emotional presence inside of the clubhouse.

Those looking to crush the dreams of Mets fans may point out that New York could have to face Cy Young candidates Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening stages of the postseason. That would be a difficult road to travel for any opponent. The Mets won’t be entering that shootout with rubber bullets. Noah Syndergaard can be dominant so long as he avoids giving up home runs. Jacob deGrom, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, has ice in his veins. Matt Harvey has embraced his role as “The Dark Knight” by silencing talk about his workload being limited for the time being.

The bullpen of the Mets is about to get stronger. Jonathon Niese, who should get some relief work during the final week of the season so long as the weather cooperates, will give the New York ‘pen the left arm it has been missing. Bartolo Colon, at 42 years old and with 14 wins this year (h/t ESPN), could provide backup if needed. Jeurys Familia may make fans chew on their fingernails from time to time, but the closer of the Mets is third in the NL in saves this season (h/t ESPN).

It would be inaccurate to say that there are not several reasons to doubt the Mets in October. Both Kershaw and Greinke have notched wins over the Mets this season (h/t MLB.com). As Robert Pace of FOX Sports explained, NL Central foes the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs defeated the Mets 17 out of 20 times in 2015.

The Mets, as Pace also wrote, have been a different team since acquiring Cespedes:

It’s not just Cespedes that makes the Mets’ lineup dangerous. Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda and captain David Wright have come up big in spurts this season, and they lead a Mets offense that also has the highest OPS in the NL in the second half of the season.

Pace added:

Wright has struggled through enough losing seasons in New York, and will do everything in his power to ensure he and his teammates make the most of their postseason run.

Think back to the 2009 postseason. It was then when Alex Rodriguez shook his postseason demons and became the best hitter of the postseason. No version of A-Rod ever had the emotional attachment to the New York Yankees that Wright has to the Mets. Wright knows this may be his last chance at winning a World Series before his body betrays him one final time. The veteran leadership and will to win that Wright will bring to the Mets are intangibles that cannot be measured in any statistic.

All that has occurred within the organization since 2006 has been leading up to the Mets once again playing meaningful October baseball. Carlos Beltran striking out in Game 7. The collapse of 2007. The Yankees winning a World Series when the Mets were an afterthought in their own city. Flores crying in the infield. Trading for Cespedes. The story can fittingly only have one ending.

Why will the Mets be unstoppable in the postseason? Because no other NL team is an unbeatable force. Because the Mets can go blow for blow with any opponent that it will face leading up to a World Series. Because these players have rallied around their manager and around Captain Wright. Because Citi Field will be rocking like never before the first time it hosts a playoff game.

Most of all, the Mets will be unstoppable because they still don’t know that they were never supposed to be in the first place.

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David Wright’s Promising Return Another Great Sign for Scorching Mets Offense

Back in the olden days when the New York Mets seemed to only score runs by accident, David Wright coming back from a long injury absence and immediately going yard would have been a major storyline.

But not on Monday night. In a 16-7 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Wright returning to hit his first home run since April made him just another face in the crowd. And that, of course, is yet another great sign for an offense that’s been mass-producing them lately.

If you missed Monday’s action, you missed the Mets hitting not one, not two, not three…[skips ahead]…but eight home runs to set a new franchise single-game record. To look at each of them in succession would take too long, so here’s a helpful GIF straight from the Amazins:

Thanks mostly to those eight homers, the Mets easily erased a rare clunker by ace right-hander Jacob deGrom, who lasted just 2.2 innings and gave up seven runs (six earned). More importantly, they pushed their lead in the NL East to 5.5 games over the idle Washington Nationals.

For the Nationals, closing a gap like that with precious few weeks remaining in the 2015 season wasn’t going to be easy to begin with. But now, it could be that much more difficult, as it looks like the Mets may have their captain back.

That was the message Wright sent in the top of the second inning, anyway, as his first major league hack since April 14 resulted in a bit of kaboom-age that looked like this:

According to Baseball Savant’s Daren Willman, Wright’s dinger was 108 mph off the bat and traveled 428 feet. That made it certainly the louder of the two hits he collected in his return from a troublesome back condition, and he also tallied a walk.

Afterward, the veteran third baseman was understandably giddy, telling Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, “You watch it on TV and now to be a part of it, you understand that this team seems to be on a mission. I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Now, this admittedly could be the end of the positive vibes for Wright. One good game doesn’t equal a hot streak for anybody, least of all a guy who just spent four months on the disabled list. Besides, who knows how Wright’s back is going to act over the next few weeks?

But in times like these, you can’t help but ponder “what if?” Wright’s explosive comeback was a reminder that he’s a darn good hitter when he’s healthy. And if that’s what the Mets are in store for, an offense that once had opposing pitchers champing at the bit should now have them quaking in their boots.

We don’t need to go very far back in history to find a time when the Mets offense was as threatening as a declawed kitten. Through the end of July, the Mets were scoring just 3.54 runs per game.

But now? Yeah, that all seems like a distant memory.

Even before the Mets dropped 16 runs on the Phillies, they had been putting all other National League teams to shame over the last 30 days. They were leading all NL clubs in runs (149) and slugging (.475), and were second to only the Chicago Cubs in home runs (42).

An explanation? Probably the easiest to point to is the arrival of Yoenis Cespedes.

After collecting two more hits (including a homer) on Monday night, Cespedes is now batting .312 with six home runs since coming over in a deadline-day trade with the Detroit Tigers, and you could swear that he brought a special blend of Kool-Aid that he doesn’t mind sharing. In August, Mets skipper Terry Collins has gone from having a shortage of capable hitters to an excess of them:

Note: These figures haven’t been updated to include Monday’s game.

We’ve all heard the notion that hitting is contagious. And while the jury is still out on whether that’s actually true, there’s no shortage of circumstantial evidence in favor of the idea. If nothing else, what we’re watching is the Mets adding to the pile.

Of course, given what we know about how this team was doing before all this, it’s only natural to worry that a harsh market correction might be awaiting the Mets in September. But while worrying about that is easy, actually anticipating one is surprisingly difficult.

For one, there’s the fact that the Mets offense is a different animal than it was even as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Between Cespedes, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and now Wright, it’s a deeper unit now than it’s been at any point all season.

Secondly, the Mets aren’t going to stop enjoying the easy schedule that’s helped feed their scorching offense. As Grantland’s Jonah Keri noted on Monday, the Mets’ remaining opponents have an aggregate winning percentage of .440. No other team in baseball has it so easy down the stretch.

If anything, the big concern in Queens these days may be the one that Bob Nightengale of USA Today hinted at:

As silly as it seems to worry about a pitching staff that ranks third in MLB with a 3.31 ERA, there are cracks. Or, at least, signs of cracks. Maybe deGrom’s clunker is nothing to worry about, but ultra-talented rookie Noah Syndergaard has a 4.88 ERA in August and the decision to rest Matt Harvey could backfire. Maybe the Mets won’t keep enjoying the same dominant pitching they’ve enjoyed all year.

But even if that ends up being the case, the Mets may still be able to avoid Mets’ing things up.

After all, a 5.5-game lead counts as a big lead in this year’s MLB landscape, and the Nationals don’t seem at all interested (or capable, for that matter) in erasing it on their own accord. And when you have an offense that can bludgeon opponents into tiny bits, dominant pitching becomes a luxury.

That’s a point that the Mets have been demonstrating pretty steadily over the last few weeks, and Wright’s involvement was the exclamation point on their latest demonstration. By now, the baseball world should be getting the message that this isn’t the Mets offense of the olden days.

If not, well, the season’s not over yet, and this Mets offense isn’t going anywhere.


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David Wright Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Hamstring and Return

New York Mets third baseman David Wright left in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies with a hamstring injury.

Continue for updates.

Wright Leaves vs. Phillies

Tuesday, April 14

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported Wright’s injury is being categorized as a right hamstring pull:

Jesse Spector of Sporting News provided comments from Mets manager Terry Collins: 

Wright, 32, suffered the injury while stealing second base in the bottom of the eighth inning. He was replaced by Anthony Recker, who was left stranded in scoring position when Travis d’Arnaud struck out to end the frame. The former All-Star had gone 2-for-5 up to that point, hitting singles in the first and eighth innings.

Injury issues have become an increasingly frustrating occurrence for Wright, who has missed 144 games over the last four seasons. He missed the final 18 games of 2014 due to a shoulder injury that lingered for almost the entire campaign.

Supposedly back at full strength, Wright was flashing signs of his old self coming into Tuesday, batting .333/.371/.424 with one home run and four RBI through eight games. The Mets play Philadelphia again Wednesday night for the final game of their series before hosting Miami. It’s unclear how manager Terry Collins would look to rearrange his infield if the injury forces Wright to miss time.


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10 Reasons to Be Optimistic for Mets’ 2015 Season

The Mets’ 2015 season is just about here and there is a lot to look forward to, as the Mets attempt to get into the postseason for the first time since 2006.

After rebuilding for much of the decade thus far, most of the Mets’ young pieces are now on the major league roster, which means the team is that much closer to competing and having winning seasons.

Here are 10 reasons to be optimistic about the Mets this year.

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David Wright Shut Down for Rest of 2014 Season with Shoulder Injury

David Wright‘s lost 2014 season has finally been put to an end. The New York Mets officially declared their All-Star third baseman out for the season Tuesday after a season-long battle with shoulder problems:

Wright, 31, was held out of Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Colorado Rockies and was sent to undergo further testing after feeling an increase in pain.

“This guy plays with so much pain that when he says it’s not right, there’s a little concern,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, per Danny Knobler of ESPN New York.

Eric Campbell replaced Wright in the order. The likeliest move going forward will see Daniel Murphy slide over to the hot corner to give rising prospect Dilson Herrera a long look at second base. A seven-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, Wright initially hurt the shoulder in June. He missed only after bruising his right rotator cuff but has been playing at less than 100 percent ever since.

The injury has almost entirely eliminated his effectiveness at the plate, rendering him a shell of the star usually good for 20 home runs and a .300 average. He’ll finish 2014 hitting .269/.324/.374 with a career-low eight home runs and 63 RBI.

He has not hit a home run since July 11—by far the longest streak of his 11-year MLB career. One of the best offensive third basemen in the league for most of his career, Wright’s isolated slugging nearly cut in half from 2013 to 2014

“When your shoulder is hurt, it’s really tough,” Johnson hitting coach Lamar Johnson told reporters last month. “It’s hurt in his left shoulder and that’s where your swing starts, with your left side, your left hand getting to the ball. Its been tough because he’s been trying to play through that. It’s just been a real tough haul because it’s hard to get a consistent swing when you’re in pain.”

While Wright has tried gutting through the pain as the Mets hung on the fringes of the NL Wild Card race, their playoff odds are looking slim. Tuesday’s win brought them to 70-75, six games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the loss column and with three teams in between. It’d take a miracle-level hot streak for New York to have a chance now.

With the Mets showing promise in 2014 and ace Matt Harvey due back from Tommy John surgery next season, shutting down Wright seems like the prudent option. He’ll have ample time to recover—surgery is not expected to be needed—and get back on the field by spring training.

This will be the second time in four years an injury has cut Wright’s season short. In 2011, a back injury caused him to miss more than two months and turn in what remains the worst season of his career. Judging by wins over replacement, Wright’s 2.0 this season gives him a slight edge over the 1.7 three years ago—although Wright played in fewer games in 2011.

The bright side for the Mets is that Wright came back better than ever in 2012 and 2013. If shutting him down now allows for a return to All-Star form, it’s a trade-off everyone involved will take. Nonetheless, this a disappointing end to what had already been Wright’s most frustrating big league campaign.


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David Wright Injury: Updates on Mets Star’s Shoulder and Return

Updates from Saturday, June 28

Mike Puma of the New York Post provides an update on David Wright‘s shoulder:

FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal added more:


Updates from Friday, June 27

ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin provides an update on David Wright’s status:


Original Text:

A poor year for the New York Mets is looking worse, as David Wright is now dealing with an apparent shoulder injury.

The star third baseman was set to start the team’s June 27 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates until he became a late scratch, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin:

Marc Carig of Newsday provided a few more details on the situation, which has apparently been an issue for some time:

Rubin provided comments from Wright:

Last night on a couple of different occasions I did something to reaggravate it and it got worse. I was hoping to be able to push through it. They obviously shut that down. So now it’s just protocol, like normal—head back, get an MRI. Hopefully just some rest, maybe an injection, and hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of days…

I would say it’s fairly painful. The issue is that these last three weeks I felt like I’ve been able to be productive and go through normal baseball things without feeling hesitant. Last night that wasn’t the case. I felt like it was prohibiting me from doing certain things on a baseball field.

Wright has had an underwhelming season up to this point, totaling just six home runs and 41 RBI to go with a .277 batting average in 79 games. Unsurprisingly, the Mets have struggled with him, as they recently moved into last place in the NL East with a 36-43 record.

However, the seven-time All-Star was seemingly turning the corner with a 10-game hitting streak, eight of which also came with an RBI and included two home runs.

Unfortunately, injuries have been a serious issue for Wright in the past few years after being somewhat of an iron man to start his career. The veteran averaged 156 games per season in his first six full years in the league, but he has only played in about 123 per year over the last three.

If this shoulder issue turns out to be a long-term problem, the Mets could be in serious trouble for the rest of the year. Eric Campbell is taking over third base duties for the upcoming game and could see more time at the position for the duration of Wright’s injury.


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