Mets 3B David Wright, who has been limited to 75 games over the past three seasons (and didn't play at all in 2017) due to spinal stenosis and has recently undergone three surgeries, has not yet begun baseball activity, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post.
Wright, who plans to report to Spring Training along with the rest of the team, recently said that while he's uncertain about his future, he's not giving up his comeback attempt.
"It really hurts to say this, but I obviously can't be relied on to go out there and do what I've done throughout my career," Wright told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com "That is a tough thing to say."
Even if Wright were not to take another at-bat, he'd leave as the Mets leader in at-bats, hits, runs, doubles and runs batted in. The seven-time All-Star is a career .296/.376/.491 hitter with 242 home runs and 970 RBI.
"The surgeries are obviously serious stuff, but it just kind of plays with your mind mentally, where you don't know how your body's going to hold up," Wright said. "You don't know how you're going to feel a month from now. You don't know how you're going to feel a couple weeks from now. You're hoping that it continues to get better, but you just don't know."
Wright admitted he didn't know if he's currently able to throw a baseball as he's not there yet in his rehab.
"Everything is a concern for me," Wright said. "I haven't progressed to the point where I'll know how it feels to throw a baseball until we get closer to spring. I certainly don't know how the back is going to hold up."
If doctors tell Wright that his quality-of-life will be negatively affected by continuing to try to come back to baseball, that'll be when he stops trying. But doctors haven't told him that yet, so to the people who tell him to just retire, he says it's not that easy.
"I don't want to have regrets," Wright said. "If I can't play? Then I'll be able to say I gave it my best shot, I really did. And if I can play, which obviously is the goal, then that's great as well. And that's ideal. I just don't want to have any regrets when it's all said and done that if I would have just put in some more work, or if I would have just concentrated a little more on the rehab program, I might have been able to do it."
The 35-year-old Wright hopes he's not done yet.
"When the end comes, the end comes," Wright said. "Hopefully, I've got a little more left. But I guess that's to be determined."
Jan. 19: From what I can gather, he's still working out from his home in Virginia and intends to report to St. Lucie soon. My hunch is we're not going to see as much of David as we did last spring. I expect he'll slowly get back in to the swing of things and let the team feel out his ability away from cameras and fans.
Jan. 25: My hunch is that -- if he's again unable to play this spring -- he and the team will finally sit down and discuss how to handle his salary, insurance, and his future as a baseball player. But, for now, just as they did last November, they have agreed to let it play out a bit before making any final decisions...