David Wright opted to get rotator cuff surgery on his throwing shoulder to give playing in the major leagues one more shot according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports.
“He wants to give it one more shot, he doesn’t want to go out like this” someone close to Wright told Heyman.
It has been reported by multiple outlets that the former star has no plans of retiring despite not playing in a major league game since May of 2016.
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Wright, 34, will not appear in a major league game during a season for the first time in his career. Over the last two years, the third baseman has played in just 75 games total.
The rotator cuff is just the latest injury the seven-time all-star has endured in the last several seasons.
“It’s really, really sad to think that this guy, probably one of the best players in the game, has had to miss the amount of time he’s had to miss with various injuries,” Mets Manager Terry Collins told reporters before Monday’s 11-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. “I salute him for what he’s had to go through, but it’s really tough to watch.”
The 13-year veteran is signed through the 2020 season and him undergoing surgery on Tuesday shows that Wright believes he can still play in the major leagues.
He appeared in three games for Single-A St. Lucie last month but shut down his rehab after experiencing pain in his shoulder.
Regardless of the situation with Wright going forward, they need not make the same mistake they have made the last couple seasons. If he is able to mount a comeback, great. Still, New York must go forward with a viable option at the hot corner whether that be an external or internal option.
Wright is a career .296/.376/.491 hitter and has a 49.9 career WAR. The captain also holds countless team records.