According to the New York Mets, David Wright and his wife Molly welcomed their first child, a daughter named Olivia Shea Wright on Saturday. She weighed in at eight pounds, 11 ounces.
This is the first child for the Wrights, who were married in December of 2013.
Wright, 33, last played with the Mets on May 27 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mets brass held out hope that rest would be the elixir for Wright, however on June 16, Wright underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Add in the spinal stenosis that Wright has struggled with since May 2015, and it’s been an arduous time for the captain.
Wright spoke with the media for the first time post neck surgery on July 1, where he remained optimistic for the future and getting back out on the field.
“I love the game, and I want to get back to playing this game. … I plan on coming back and being the player that I feel like I’m capable of being.” (MLB.com)
Wright said he planned to be at as many home games as he can and root his team on, albeit from the Mets’ bullpen in right field due to his lack of mobility and not wanting to be in direct line of screaming foul balls that could be hit into the dugout. Wright had to be careful with sudden movements, and also was just starting to do small activities when he spoke with the media for 19 minutes in July, such as tying his own shoelaces and taking leisurely walks outside.
There’s a three to six month recovery time for the neck surgery, so Wright will miss the remainder of the 2016 season. His plan is to rest and rehab, in order to have a chance at playing come 2017. In the meantime, Wright will have his hands full with fatherly duties, and I along with the entire MMO community wish him and his wife Molly the best of luck, and congratulate them on their new bundle of joy.