David Wright Newsbeat
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Two hours of prep each day to play.
“We knew that if he shortened his leg kick and got that under control,’’ Long told The Post, “we were hoping that the consistency would be a lot better and it has been.
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for David and how he goes about his business,’’ Long said. “He’s doing the best he can with the circumstances that he is currently under.’’
Wright, because of his spinal stenosis, cannot work his way out of hitting problems. He can’t just go to the cage because he only has a limited amount of swings he can take on any given day. This is about trying to do more with less — fewer swings, fewer at-bats, fewer games.
Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Well, he didn’t look good one game. Time to release him.
Again, this is about the bigger questions, not a single game. Already, both Wright and the Mets have conceded he will need more frequent days off. But will there also have to be discussions eventually about dropping him in the order?
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The fact is, Wright, who in person is open-faced, generous, and disarmingly down-to-earth, will deal with back pain for the rest of his life.
Spinal stenosis generally affects men and women over 50 and is usually the result of either arthritis or the wear and tear of aging. And though unusual in younger people, it has cut short several prominent sports careers. Former New York Yankee Don Mattingly retired because of it. Former Phillies and Mets star Lenny Dykstra tried to correct his condition with surgery, but he never played again. Cooper Manning, the eldest of the football Manning brothers and an all-state high school wide receiver, never made it onto the Ole Miss gridiron because of his stenosis. Last year, Oregon State sophomore defensive back Dashon Hunt retired after being diagnosed with it after an on-field injury.
“The doctors told me I could play and have a very long, successful career and never have a neck injury or I could go out on the first day of contact at practice and risk paralyzing myself or dying,” says Hunt, in a phone interview from campus. He quit the team, he says, because “no sport is worth dying over or getting paralyzed from the neck down over.”
Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
Thursday, February 25, 2016
“Everybody keeps asking about a plan,” Wright said. “You can’t have a plan.”
Previously, general manager Sandy Alderson suggested Wright’s ceiling should be about 130 games. But the third baseman said that number was not concrete, and how he feels will dictate how much he should play.
“A ‘plan’ is an incorrect word for what’s going on, it just has to be more communication,” Wright said. “They want to try to leave it more on me to see how I feel.”
Posted: February 25, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
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