(UPDATE: 6/3/16: 11:20 AM): The New York Mets have announced that David Wright has been placed on the disabled list and will not participate in baseball activities for 6-8 weeks. Wright will have to undergo physiotherapy to protect the area after the 6-8 week timetable, which likely sets any potential return back until August. It’s an even worse timetable for the Mets than originally reported last night. The Mets have indeed recalled infielder Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas but the starting job is going to go to Wilmer Flores it would appear. At this point I would not be shocked if Sandy Alderson started exploring external options.
(Original Post: 6/2/16): Bad news for third baseman David Wright as Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Wright is expected to be placed on the disabled list and be out for an “extended period.” ESPN Adam Rubin is reporting that infielder Matt Reynolds is currently en route to Miami to join the team to replace Wright on the roster.
Wright who has been dealing with a herniated disc in his neck, received a cortisone shot in hopes of him avoiding the disabled list. However the injection did not help as the Mets fears have come to light, and Wright will be out for an extended period of time. There is no news as to whether surgery will be required for Wright yet, but if an operation is necessary it will be tough to count on Wright for any kind of contribution for the rest of the season. Wright is currently playing through spinal stenosis that requires constant care on a daily basis which includes hours of treatment to get loose before a game.
It is another tough break for the Mets as they already have two starting position players on the disabled list in first baseman Lucas Duda and catcher Travis d’Arnaud. While Wright no longer is in his prime, he had slugged seven home runs in 37 games, but did not look as sharp defensively as he previously had in years past.
Looking at options for the Mets you would assume Wilmer Flores will become the everyday third baseman from this point moving forward, with Matt Reynolds and Ty Kelly both seeing time at third as well. Flores has proven capable with the bat in the past as he hit 16 home runs last season with 59 RBI’s. This season he has gotten off to a slow start due to injuries and lack of playing time, but the lack of playing time will no longer be an issue. It is not known if the Mets will explore external options for third base at this time, but it can’t be ruled out if Wright is expected to miss a significant portion of the season or all of it.
Our thoughts are with the Captain during this trying time in his career. It is fair to wonder how much more Wright’s body can take as it is quickly breaking down on the 33-year old third baseman. Wright who is making $20 million this season and still owed $67 million over the next four seasons, is facing another uphill climb and you hope that this isn’t the way his career has to end.