Sandy Alderson was the bearer of bad news tonight after the Mets 6-3 loss to the Braves. The Mets GM announced that third baseman David Wright will be shutdown from all baseball activities for three more weeks.
Alderson said Wright was seen at the Hospital for Special Surgery today, but there were no x-rays or further diagnostic tests performed as was initially reported all week long.
Wright will have more diagnostic tests performed after the three weeks and not before. He also added that this came as a complete surprise to him.
When Wright was asked if he was concerned that this could be an injury that lingers even longer, he remained hopeful that it wouldn’t.
“Although I’m disappointed, at some point I guess you have to understand the doctors’ point of view and everybody’s point of view except mine, that you can’t rush this thing back and risk missing a year just for another couple of weeks to let this thing heal up the way it’s supposed to,” Wright said.
He added that the news would not prevent him from doing the same core exercises he’s been doing of late.
“I’m moving forward with my rehab, so it wasn’t a setback,” Wright said. “It was bad news. I was going there hoping that at least soon I was going to be able to start baseball stuff. It doesn’t look like that’s gonna be the case, but the rehab program is still [happening] on a daily basis; still gradually moving up that ladder.”
As for when Wright might be expected back? Alderson jokingly said “maybe we will have David back for Johan Santana’s first start.”
The NY Times believes we’ve seen this same miscommunication before:
In truth, as Wright explained it, this sounded like a simple case of miscommunication. The doctor felt it was going to take some six weeks for the stress fracture to heal, but while the Mets apparently interpreted that as six weeks from the time of the injury, which came nearly three weeks before Wright was diagnosed, the doctor meant six weeks from the time of the diagnosis.
So the doctor’s timetable hadn’t changed. The Mets just didn’t know it. And Alderson, the distinguished GM who was supposed to make these snafus disappear, found himself being grilled about it.
“I told you I was a little surprised,” he said at one point when pressed to explain the new diagnosis. “It is what it is.”
Yes it is. It’s just another day in Mets-land, no matter who is running the show.
In my opinion, the diagnosis for the bone to heal sounds right… Fractures typically take six weeks to heal…
How did the Mets interpret that as ten days of rest and then a new precautionary x-ray before being activated?
Why was the x-ray Wright was scheduled to take on Friday never performed?
It never seems to end… It just goes on and on and on and on…