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Thursday, June 16, 2016
After weeks therapy and oral and local medications, David Wright has decided to have surgery to repair the herniated disc in his neck. The surgery was scheduled for Thursday in California with Dr. Robert Watkins, the Mets announced Thursday morning.
While the Mets said there is no timetable for Wright’s return, the Mets captain’s season is effectively over.
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 03:34 PM | 41 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
—New York Mets third baseman David Wright may opt for surgery to address the herniated disk in his neck rather than continue a conservative rehab process, general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday.
“By the end of this week we’ll know something more about David’s situation,” Alderson said.
Wright has been on the disabled list since June 3.
The captain has spent the past week in Los Angeles with Dr. Robert Watkins, who previously had treated Wright for spinal stenosis in the lower back.
Alderson said Watkins is conferring with team doctors about whether surgery is now the proper route for Wright with respect to the herniated disk.
Alderson said he could not say whether surgery, if selected, would end Wright’s season.
“That’s speculation based on an option that he hasn’t even chosen at this point, or hasn’t been agreed upon,” Alderson said.
Posted: June 15, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 28 comment(s)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The problem can only be managed. Hopefully, Collins will protect Wright from himself.
“This is the first time this year where I’ve come to the ballpark where I felt the significance of it—the back. Most of the days have been fairly mediocre. Today was more toward the bad. I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought the extra treatment and the extra preparation that I put in would help. And I wanted to give it a go. Terry just kind of said no-go. More than anything, I’m mad at the situation. I’m frustrated at the situation. But there’s just nothing you can do. It is what it is.
Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
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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