In late-April, 2011, David Wright injured himself attempting to make a diving tag at third base, though he remained in the game.
In post-game reports, he described the pain as being mostly in his hamstring.
He was later asked by the team to get an MRI. However, it quickly felt better with rest, after which he chose to avoid the disabled list and play through manageable pain...
April 19, 2011; Wright (left) dives to tag out Astros left fielder Carlos Lee (in red) in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports
Unfortunately, the pain returned and spread to his hips and lower back. After struggling in the field and hitting just .205 since the injury, Wright agreed to an MRI that revealed a stress fracture in his lower back. For the first time in his career, he was put on the disabled list.
"I was shocked when they told me it was a stress fracture in my lower back, near my spine," Wright later said, adding that he would've continued to play had he not been warned of further injury. "I thought it was going to be kind of a routine thing. They've wanted me to get an MRI for some time. I felt I was getting better."
He returned from the DL in late-July, 2011, played that year's final 63 games and hit .272 with 24 extra base hits. In the proceeding two seasons, Wright's back appeared to be a non-issue, though he did end up on the disabled list multiple times with shoulder and hamstring issues.
In early-2015, Wright reinjured his hamstring sliding in to second base. During a stint on the disabled list, was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, which causes intense muscle and nerve pain in the lower back and legs due to a narrowing of the spinal column. He stopped all baseball activity, missed four months, but was able to return in time to play 52 games, including his second postseason and first World Series.
In early-2016, after hitting .235 through 134 at bats, Wright spent a week on the bench after telling reporters he had a herniated disc in his neck. He was eventually put on the disabled list and soon after had season-ending surgery.
Oct 30, 2015; Wright (5) hits a two-run single against the Kansas City Royals during game three of the World Series at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Less than a year later, during February 2017, Wright experienced stiffness in his shoulder, which, according to Alderson, was directly related to the 2016 surgery that corrected a herniated disk in his neck. Though he could swing a bat, field and run, the shoulder pain made it difficult for Wright to throw a baseball. In an effort to reduce swelling, he reportedly received platelet rich plasma and inflammatory injections.
As the Mets left St. Lucie to begin their 2017 season, Wright moved his extensive rehab to California. It was the first time in his 12-year career that he was not in the team's Opening Day lineup. This past May, Wright again tried to throw. But, like with previous attempts, he was again shut down after experiencing pain and being unable throw across the field.
Following a summer of only rest and rehabilitation, Wright asked the Mets if he could test his body by playing in a series of minor-league rehab games. He was eventually allowed to take the field three times last week with High-A St. Lucie, where he played 13 years ago when still in the minor leagues. He had one hit and struck out five times in 10 at-bats. In his final rehab game, he went 0-for-3 with two ground outs and a strikeout.
Two days later, on Aug. 28, he terminated the rehab assignment to again have his shoulder examined, after which he is expected to make a decision about the state of his career.