The reality is that David Wright does not know if he will ever be a productive Major League Baseball player again. He does not know when, or if, he will next see the field. He does not know what his future holds, if there is even any future left for him as the Mets' third baseman. "It really hurts to say this, but I obviously can't be relied on to go out there and do what I've done throughout my career," Wright said Friday, before hosting his annual Vegas Night to benefit the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Virginia. "That is a tough thing to say." The past three seasons have been a nightmare of surgeries and setbacks for Wright, a seven-time All-Star whose career arc turned abruptly downward after doctors diagnosed him with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column, in 2015. The following year, Wright underwent neck surgery. Entering 2017 optimistic about his health, Wright wound up electing for two more operations: one to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder, then another to remove bone spurs, a ligament and a herniated disk from his lower back. He did not appear in a single game. "The surgeries are obviously serious stuff, but it just kind of plays with your mind mentally, where you don't know how your body's going to hold up," Wright said. "You don't know how you're going to feel a month from now. You don't know how you're going to feel a couple weeks from now. You're hoping that it continues to get better, but you just don't know. "Everything is a concern for me. I haven't progressed to the point where I'll know how it feels to throw a baseball until we get closer to spring. I certainly don't know how the back is going to hold up." The Mets still owe Wright $47 million over the next three seasons, though they have recouped tens of millions already through an insurance policy on his contract. Asdrubal Cabrera, not Wright, is currently slated to start at third base for the Mets this season. When pressed for details about his next steps, Wright demurs. In the months after undergoing his latest back surgery in October, Wright met biweekly with Dr. Robert Watkins, the Los Angeles specialist who has overseen his rehab since 2015. Wright more recently went for a checkup with Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek, the details of which he was unwilling to discuss. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson promised to provide an update in late January. Since last spring, Wright has shied away from interviews, seeking privacy at Citi Field when media members are present. He prefers not to discuss his health because he does not have concrete answers. He also mourns for a career that has seen him appear in just 75 games the past three seasons, the most recent of those occurring 20 months ago.
Uncertainty clouds Wright's comeback hopes
MLB.com | Jan 20