David Wright has been diagnosed with an impingement in his right shoulder, news Mets sources are saying is “not good.” No one is saying it, but Wright’s career could be in jeopardy.
Sandy Alderson said Wright has been dealing with shoulder soreness all spring, and was sent back to New York Tuesday to meet with team doctors.
“Basically soreness in the rotator cuff that results from some instability in the shoulder. He is not going to be throwing for a couple of weeks, probably not throwing with any real zip for a period after that,” Alderson said, according to the Daily News. “He can continue to DH. But in the meantime, he’ll be doing lots of shoulder exercises to try and strengthen that shoulder. I’m not a doctor, but the doctors feel that it’s in some ways related to the neck surgery. The fact that muscles haven’t essentially re-engaged, re-stimulated.”
But Wright cannot DH once the season starts. He could not even shift to first base.
“Well, if he can’t throw, it makes every position less realistic,” Alderson said. “I think that we need to wait and see whether this shoulder injury continues, or whether the exercises and no throwing… I mean, our goal is to get him back at third.”
But even before this latest problem, Wright’s throwing from third has been labored, and that’s putting it kindly. He simply cannot make the throw anymore, likely because his spinal stenosis will not allow it.
There is still five weeks to go before Opening Day, but with Wright being shut down from throwing for at least a couple of weeks, it is questionable whether he will be ready. As far as his career, well, that is a question that must be asked.
Wright has admitted the spinal stenosis is something he will have to deal with every day. The neck injury was reportedly not related, but it would not be a stretch to assume that compensating for the back could strain other parts of the body. Sadly, there is a very good chance this vicious cycle could continue.
No one is ready to write David Wright’s baseball obituary just yet, but sadly, it could come sooner than Mets fans would like to admit.