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David Wright | Third Baseman | #5

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/20/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 206
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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David Wright started at designated hitter and went 0-for-2 against the Nationals on Saturday.
Mets fans were happy just to see him on the field after missing most of the last two seasons with spinal injuries. He is unlikely to play the field until mid-March. He was replaced by Michael Conforto in the sixth inning. Feb 25 - 4:48 PM

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David Wright is in the Mets starting lineup as the designated hitter in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest against the Nationals.

Wright won't be ready to play the field until mid-March, so he's limited to DH duties until then. He has been playing catch regularly as he's working to come back from neck surgery while also battling spinal stenosis in his back. The odds of him remaining healthy throughout the 2017 season remain slim.
Feb 25 - 8:42 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins estimated Tuesday that David Wright won't be ready to play the field until around mid-March.

Wright, who is coming back from neck surgery and battling spinal stenosis in his back, played catch Tuesday for the second time this spring. He's going to be eased into action as a DH and in minor league games before testing himself in the field. "He is making strides," said Collins. "You are looking at, three weeks from today we will have a real good idea where he is at. That gives him a lot of time to lengthen himself out." It's ultimately hard to say if he'll be ready for Opening Day until he really starts ramping things up.
Feb 22 - 9:00 AM

David Wright (neck) played catch on a back field Tuesday at Mets camp.

The veteran third baseman is being kept away from the media as he tries to return from last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. "We don’t want him overexposed to where ... if he makes a bad throw, all of a sudden, it’s a big story," manager Terry Collins said. "We want to make sure that when he starts out there throwing in front of everybody, that he’s certainly ready to let it loose." Wright is aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but the question marks abound.
Source: Newsday
Feb 21 - 5:07 PM

David Wright (neck) played catch indoors on Sunday.

He didn't play catch outside with the rest of his Mets teammates, but it was the first time Wright has done any throwing since last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. The club will continue to bring the veteran third baseman along slowly this spring, as Wright's participation in Grapefruit League games figures to be fairly limited. He's obviously a major health question mark going into 2017.
Feb 19 - 11:23 AM

David Wright (neck) is tentatively scheduled to play catch on Sunday.

It would be his first time throwing a baseball since last June. The Mets are bringing Wright along slowly this spring as he works his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. His health status figures to be a daily topic of conversation throughout spring training.
Feb 17 - 12:51 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins hasn't ruled out David Wright (neck) taking some grounders at first base later in camp.

The possibility of Wright seeing some time at first base has been raised in the past, so it's not surprising to see it come up again. Whether it actually comes to fruition is another matter altogether. Wright is just easing back into some baseball activities as he makes his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. He hasn't even begun throwing yet, so it's hard to know what to expect until he starts ramping things up. Either way, the expectation is that he'll see some time at designated hitter before playing the field. Jose Reyes is the backup plan at third base.
Feb 14 - 12:12 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that David Wright (neck) will begin throwing sometime this week.

Wright resumed baseball activities earlier this month and took batting practice in the cage on Monday as he eases back into things following a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. "It’s a day to day," Collins said Monday. "We want to try and set something down on paper for David, to be smart. We realize it has to be adjusted each and every day. There are going to be times he is going to get up in the morning, he’s not going to feel very good and we’re going to have to adjust that day." As Collins alluded to, the Mets have no idea what they're going to get out of Wright and will proceed cautiously with him following two years plagued by back and neck issues. Jose Reyes offers insurance at third base.
Feb 13 - 4:41 PM

David Wright (neck) did some light running and fielded ground balls at third base for about 10 minutes on Monday.

It was his first time taking the field in voluntary workouts. Wright didn't do any throwing, but it was a step in the right direction as he tries to make his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. The 34-year-old has been hitting in the batting cage since around Christmas, but he wasn't quite ready to take batting practice on the field with the other players on Monday. The Mets are going to be very careful to not push him too soon. It's ultimately hard to say what the future holds for him until he really starts to ramp things up.
Feb 7 - 11:30 AM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that David Wright (neck) has begun simulated baseball activities.

It's not much, as he's simply begun moving laterally to mimic what he would be doing defensively. He has yet to begin swinging and the plan calls for him to begin actual baseball activities in January, but at least he's moving in the right direction. Coming back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery, Wright remains a huge question mark for 2017.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12:10:00 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he expects David Wright (neck) to be ready for Opening Day in 2017.

Wright is scheduled to begin baseball activities later this month and has no other medical hurdles to clear, so he should be on a fairly normal workout schedule leading into the start of spring training. How he holds up throughout the summer is another story. Wright was limited to 37 games in 2016 and 38 games in 2015. He underwent a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery this past June for a herniated disc and spinal stenosis.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 03:43:00 PM

Mets activated 3B David Wright from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now returned to the 40-man roster. Wright underwent a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery back in mid-June for a herniated disc and spinal stenosis. He expects to be cleared for baseball activities in December and hopes to be ready to go for spring training.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 08:25:00 AM

David Wright (neck) said Wednesday that he believes he will be ready for the start of spring training.

Wright underwent a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery back on June 16 for a herniated disc and spinal stenosis, and he won't be cleared for baseball activities until sometime in December. Even then, setbacks seem likely. "Once spring training comes, you start getting in those live situations, those game situations, you just don't know how things are going to react," Wright told on Wednesday. "But I'm really positive and I'm really confident that this neck surgery's going to hold up. I'm confident that my back's going to hold up. And we go from there."
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 09:44:00 AM

David Wright (neck) received a good report from Dr. Robert Watkins on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Wright is healing properly and the "hope and belief" of the Mets -- per Heyman -- is that he will be fully ready for the start of spring training in 2017. The veteran third baseman underwent fusion surgery in June to repair a herniated disc in his neck. He's owed around $67 million on a contract that runs through 2020.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 07:21:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, David Wright (neck) is traveling to Los Angeles on Tuesday to see back specialist Robert Watkins.

Wright underwent fusion surgery back in June to repair a herniated disc in his neck. The veteran third baseman told Heyman via email that this week's visit is a "routine checkup" that was "set up after surgery," but there's some hope that he'll be cleared for some light baseball activity or at least receive a schedule for one. It's too late for the veteran third baseman to return this season, but it would still be good news as he looks toward a return in 2017. Wright, who turns 34 in December, is still owed $67 million between 2017-2020.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 11:43:00 AM

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