David Wright last appeared in a major league game on May 27, 2016. Now there is news that the captain hopes to be cleared by doctors to begin baseball activity within days.
Still, the 34-year-old Wright clearly faces an uphill battle to return to the majors, much less be a meaningful contributor again. And Mets officials need to work under the assumption that Wright will be a nonfactor in 2018 and beyond.
Officially, Wright has been sidelined this season with an impingement in his right shoulder. However, his medical history has a pair of far more significant issues.
Wright underwent surgery on June 16, 2016, to repair a ruptured disk in his neck. That might not limit him once he returns. More ominously, though, the spinal stenosis in his lower back is a chronic condition that ultimately figures to prematurely end his career. Remember, Don Mattingly had to retire because of that back issue at roughly the same age...