Dr. Rick Wright Named
as Cardinal Team Physician
Dr. Rick Wright, 43, of the Washington University Physicians, who provide
medical services to the Cardinals, has been tabbed to serve as team
physician. He will replace Dr.
George Paletta, who is leaving the
Wright is a graduate of the
I've had the pleasure of working with Dr. Wright and his staff on some
personal orthopedic issues over the past couple of years and found him to
certainly be very competent, engaging, and respected throughout the hospital
system. He is also a passionate
Cardinal fan. I recall a
conversation I had with him last summer as the Cardinals were making their run
to the World Series. He was so
excited about the prospect of being able to go to
In a recent article, Brian Walton took exception to some comments written by Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch. I added my own thoughts on the matter in that Miklasz, in a separate article, seemed to imply that the Cardinal team physicians might have mishandled the care of Scott Rolen by allowing him to return to early after shoulder surgery. I countered that while I didn't know Dr. Paletta, I knew from experience that Rick Wright would not suborn the welfare of a patient to secondary matters like team pressure to get Rolen back too soon. I doubt that the Cardinals would apply that pressure and I'm pretty certain that Bernie didn't spend the night at a Holiday Inn Express.
It's hard to imagine that the Cardinals could have done any better in naming a team physician than Rick Wright. His depth of knowledge, experience, and commitment to the field of sports medicine will be a great asset to Cardinals who have had their wings clipped. The best thing of all though is that he is one of us – a card carrying member of Cardinal Nation who will combine his expertise with the zeal of a true fan in helping get Cardinals back on the field and chasing a world championship as soon as their health permits.