Though Mets manager Terry Collins expressed some optimism this weekend that David Wright would be cleared to resume baseball activity soon, today was not the day.
The Mets captain has played in just eight games this season. He’s been on the disabled list since April, first with a strained hamstring and then with a back issue. Wright has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a condition that’s forced other athletes to retire.
Wright and Mets GM Sandy Alderson still publicly profess that he’s going to play again this season, but it’s hard for me to imagine Wright will be able to have much of an impact. Even if he had been cleared to resume baseball activity today, Wright probably would not have been ready to rejoin the Mets’ lineup before August. With that milestone still off in the future, the likelihood is that we’ll be talking about getting Wright ready for spring training.
Alderson can say whatever he needs to say to the media, but I hope he’s not counting on Wright’s return to bolster an anemic offense. The Mets GM is going to have to take care of that himself.