While a revolving door of players are holding down the third base position for the New York Mets, questions continue to linger as to whether or not David Wright will return to the team this season.
On Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reported that the Mets Assistant General Manager, John Ricco, said that Wright’s injury has been called lower back tightness, a sizable down scale from the original diagnosis of stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back, the same injury that ended former Met Lenny Dykstra’s career.
Wright has been “frustrated” with his lack of recovery. He hasn’t played since the Mets early season April 14th win against the Philadelphia Phillies, where he left the game with a hamstring injury after stealing second in the bottom of the eighth.
After being put on the 15-day DL, Wright was given a rehab assignment last week, which many believed was the sign that he would be back with the Mets sometime soon. Now with this back situation keeping him out of baseball even longer, Wright is being sent to Los Angeles to be looked over by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins and undergo physical therapy.
“I’m hopeful that with this week of rest he will be able to resume his progression,” General Manager Sandy Alderson said Monday. “Realistically what we have to do is wait two or three days and reassess things once he’s been seen by the PT [physical therapist] out there and presumably Dr. Watkins as well.”
When asked about whether surgery was an option for the 32-year-old third baseman, Alderson responded in the negative, saying that none of the doctors have given him that indication. But while Wright takes the time to fully heal, the Mets may have to look for a longer-term solution to fill Wright’s shoes at third base.
So far New York have gotten away with putting Eric Campbell, Ruben Tejada and Danny Muno in to cover for Wright, but Alderson says that it’s too early to look into a longer and better fixture for their current situation.
“Honestly, until three or four days ago I thought this was going to be a very temporary situation,” Alderson said. “As we continue to have setbacks, we have to reassess how to go forward, but I think we’re a handful of days away from hopefully knowing something that will give us a better idea.”