Mets Injury Update: Wright, Parnell, Et Al.
The Mets have had a rash of injuries lately. Here’s an update on all of them:
The most important injury was to David Wright, who went on the disabled list on August 3 with a strained hamstring. While many people are saying he is done for season, Wright says we will indeed see him on the field again.
“I don’t think in my mind there’s any question,” he told the New York Post on Tuesday. “It’s always important to me on a number of different levels. One, this is what I love to do. Also it helps you confidence-wise going into spring training knowing that you finished the year healthy.”
Wright has been hitting off a tee and doing upper body work, but he has not attempted to test the hamstring by running. Wright said there is no timetable for doing so.
Closer Bobby Parnell went on the DL three days after Wright with a herniated disc in his neck. He told ESPN New York that surgery is an option.
“It’s a possibility. I don’t think it ever came off the table. I don’t know how big of a possibility it is right now, “Parnell said. “I think there’s a timeline where if I don’t get to a certain point at a certain time, they’ll push for it. Just a waiting game. Do therapy every day and get stronger.”
Parnell says if he has surgery, he would be ready by Spring Training.
Jenrry Mejia’s season is over. He will have surgery over the next week to remove bone spurs from his elbow. He was scheduled for the operation after the season, but he had to be removed early into his last start because of elbow pain, so the Mets moved the procedure up.
We’ve saved the worst news for last. Mets doctors have recommended that Jeremy Hefner have Tommy John surgery on his ailing elbow. He will visit the famed Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion next Monday, but he is resigned to the fact that he will go under the knife.
“I kind of knew it was coming, and I had some time to process it, too, before they told me,” Hefner said. “I’ll see what the second doctor says and go from there.”
If Hefner has surgery, he would likely miss the entire 2014 season.