Mets 3B David Wright underwent a laminotomy procedure on his lower back Thursday in Los Angeles, the team announced.
A laminotomy is a "minimally invasive" procedure "designed to relieve a compressed nerve in the back of the spinal cord," according to the Laser Spine Institute.
"Through this entire rehab process, I have been driven to get back on the field as quickly as I can," Wright said in a statement. "That's why I had the shoulder surgery and that's why today I underwent back surgery to reduce the risk of further issues going forward. With these two surgeries behind me, I hope to be able to put on a Mets uniform again as soon as possible. My desire to play is as strong as ever."
Wright, who has been dealing with spinal stenosis since 2015, said it was his shoulder -- not his back -- that derailed his return to the Mets this season.
"I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,'' Wright told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post after undergoing rotator cuff surgery last month. "At least now, I have peace of mind, and hope, that if all goes well with the surgery, this is what they thought it was and that's corrected now."
Wright said over the summer htat he has not considered retirment.
"I think I still have something to give," he said. "There's still kind of that passion and that fire in me."
After sitting idle for five months with a shoulder impingement, Wright tested his shoulder during three games with High-A St. Lucie in late-August. After again experiencing more pain when trying to throw, Wright terminated the rehab. The next day's MRI revealed deterioration of his rotator cuff and labrum, which were surgically repaired the following week.
The 34-year-old has been limited to 75 games the past three seasons due to issues associated with his hamstring, upper spine and lumbar spinal stenosis -- a condition in his lower back that he will forever need to monitor.
Wright played in just 37 games last season due to a herniated disc in his upper-spine, which led to corrective surgery and the pain in his shoulder that was addressed surgically.
According to Wright, the Mets have yet to push him on moving to first base, though he told Kernan he is open to anything the team needs him to do to remain on field in the future.