That’s now exactly how long it has been since David Wright stepped foot on the field to play a regular season game for the New York Mets.
His last four at-bats came against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 27, 2016, in a game in which he homered for the seventh time that season.
Wright’s final stat line for that season was .226/.350/.436 with seven home runs, as previously mentioned, to go along with 14 RBI and 55 strikeouts in only 137 at-bats.
While that was certainly a far cry from his career line of .296/.376/.491, he would take it in a heartbeat in place of the struggles he is currently dealing with in trying to get back on the field for the team has devoted his whole career to.
The 35-year old has dealt with various back and neck injuries since that date, and even before it, which have been highlighted by one looming condition that will affect both his ability to get back on the field as well as his post-retirement life: spinal stenosis.
The Mets currently save 75% of Wright’s contract, in which he makes $47 million from 2018-2020, after 60 days on the disabled list each time. However, if Wright returns, the clock restarts and the Mets start paying the salary again.
Wright believes that his chance of returning might be on the horizon, with him set to meet with doctors next week to determine if he is ready to start baseball activities.
His teammates couldn’t be happier, as detailed by Tim Healey of Newsday.
Wilmer Flores just wants to see him succeed in his attempt, as he just feels bad for all of the things that have happened in Wright’s repeated comeback attempts.
“I asked him the other day, he said he wants to come back. He’s trying, man. It’s tough to see — all the things that happened to him when he’s trying to come back.”
However, they all understand the improbability and difficulty Wright will have in returning from these injuries, let alone producing if he were to somehow get back on the field.
Jay Bruce sees the game evolving before everyone’s eyes, and sees that as a significant hurdle in itself if Wright were to return.
“It’s a long time. A lot of things change in two years, and I feel like [the game is] evolving at a very fast rate. And he’s getting older. So there’s a lot of challenges that come from being injured, period. But now, not being able to play and do things that you’ve done your whole life for an extended amount of time, it definitely poses some issues for him moving forward.”
Jose Reyes, the man who once shared the left-side of the infield with the captain, hears only good things from him as of now, but certainly doesn’t appear as confident about his chances of returning.
“Me and him, we’ve talked a little bit about it, but I don’t want to go too deep because I want to give Wright hope to come back and stuff. Who knows? At this point, for me, it’s hard to say. He says he feels better. I’m glad. Hopefully he can start to do baseball activities soon, and hopefully, we can have him back on this ballclub. Because we need his attitude here.”
The team and Wright should hear soon whether Wright can give it one more round, but regardless of his fate, Wright has endured a lot of pain to get to this point and that, as seen above, will not be forgotten among his peers.