The New York Mets will likely shut down David Wright for the remainder of spring training, as the Mets captain opts to focus on rehabbing his ongoing shoulder issue instead of worrying about hitting in games. Wright hasn’t thrown a baseball since late February, when his throwing program was shut down due to shoulder weakness. This marks the latest chapter in a two-year saga that has been riddled with injuries for the third baseman. In 2016, Wright required neck surgery to repair a herniated disk, while he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015 and had to miss 115 games.
Wright’s decision to sit out the rest of spring training appears to be precautionary at the moment. He has been able to play in some capacity, recording one hit and a .250 average in four at-bats this spring, but at 34-years-old, it wouldn’t be surprising if his neck and shoulder are acting up since he hasn’t played many games over the past few seasons. The fact that Wright wants to focus on strengthening his shoulder raises some red flags that it’s bothering him, but Mets fans have no reason to be concerned. After all, the team has proven that they can win without him, and with one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, they don’t necessarily need the extra bat in the lineup. Met fans would of course love to see Wright back; he’s stuck with the team through thick and thin, and he’s their captain. However, it’s almost as if they’ve come to grips with the fact that he won’t be around for the entire 2017 season. All signs point to Wright being at Citi Field for Opening Day in a few weeks, but it’s anyone’s guess as to how long he’ll be able to stay healthy.