In Port St. Lucie on Saturday, Mets third baseman David Wright spoke to reporters for nearly 30 minutes about his health status, future and desire to play again.
Wright, 35, appeared in just 75 games for New York in 2015-16. He did not appear in a game for them this past season. However, he has underwent disk fusion surgery, rotator cuff surgery and a laminotomy procedure in the last calendar year in an effort to get back on the field.
The long-time Met said he tries to be the best rehab patient everyday and while he hasn’t begun baseball activity yet, he’s going to give it his best.
“If it works out that’s certainly the goal and if not, I did everything I can do,” he said.
The Mets recently inked third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year deal to man third base. Wright said that the Mets are a good team without himself, but they are even better with both of them.
“I don’t blame them one bit,” Wright said about the signing. “The way that I’ve been treated has been more than fair, probably more than I deserve.”
When asked if he believes he can return to a high level of play, Wright said that he didn’t know.
“When it’s all said and done, you don’t want to say I wish I had done this or I wish I had done that,” Wright said in regards to his comeback.
He also added that he wants to try the best he can to get on the field, but if his body doesn’t cooperate, he may be done.
“It’s a decision every athlete wants to make where they get to make that decision [on retirement],” he said. “You don’t want your body making that decision for you. If we get to the point where I’m feeling good enough to give it a go, then I certainly want to give it a go.
“It’s certainly been an uphill climb for me. I’d love to play again. But my body’s gotta hold up, and gonna have to cooperate with me a little bit.”