Mets 3B and team captain David Wright, who terminated his rehab assignment this past Monday, is not yet considering retirement, a source told Mike Puma of the NY Post.
Manager Terry Collins believes that Wright was dealing with discomfort before playing in rehab games, according to Puma.
Wright is scheduled to be examined in New York later this week.
He played three games for High-A St. Lucie in a rehab stint last week as he looked to return from a shoulder impingement that has kept him out since spring training.
"I continued to have shoulder pain," Wright said in a statement. "I decided to go to the doctor and get it checked out. Will make any decisions going forward after my appointment."
Wright, who is on the 60-day disabled list, had first been rehabbing in California due to the shoulder impingement he suffered during Spring Training. In May, the team stopped his throwing program after he suffered a setback.
Wright fielding ground balls during workouts in St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
The 34-year-old has been limited to 75 games over the past three seasons. He missed 124 games in 2015 due to lumbar spinal stenosis - a condition in his lower back that he will forever need to monitor. He also played in just 37 games last season due to a herniated disc in his upper spine, which led to corrective surgery and the current pain in his shoulder.
Wright said in early August, as well as after his most recent rehab game, that he believed he'd be able to play for the Mets this season, though Mets GM Sandy Alderson later told reporters that he is not 100 percent certain there's enough time for it to happen.
"I don't know how many answers he will have or we will have through the end of this season," he said, noting it's possible the Mets look to acquire a full-time third baseman for next season.
Aug. 30, 2017: The way I see it, he only retires now if he gets bad news from his doctors this week. Otherwise, knowing David, he'll almost certainly be in Spring Training next year, even if it means currently shutting down his 2017.
Yesterday afternoon and last night, I surveyed people that know David, asking how they think his career will play out during the next three years. According to some former teammates, employees with the Mets and a few reporters, most everyone expects him to be in Spring Training next season. Unfortunately, they all expect him to retire before the end of his contract.
When asked to guess and give a percentage chance that he retires before the end of this season, the most common answer given to me was 30%. I'd probably lay similar odds, though the results of this week's shoulder exam will almost certainly dictate his course of action.
Feb. 2017: Wright laughs between ground balls during infield drills (Credit: Cerrone, SNY)
In the event he's told his shoulder or spine requires additional surgery, my hunch is he'll call it quits. Given the unlikelihood of him ever returning to being the player he once was, if forced to deal with another surgery, I just can't see how he'd choose rehab, meds and more pain over spending time with his family and moving on with his life. But again, like I mentioned yesterday, I can't possibly understand what is going through his mind, which only reinforces the notion that the ultimate decision is 100% up to him and no one else.
That said, if the shoulder and spine are good, and he's again prescribed rest, medication and encouraged by doctors to keep trying to play, he'll absolutely be in camp next spring. However, if he does get the greenish-yellow light to proceed, I've heard he and the Mets will likely outline a private exit strategy this winter, just in case he decides to retire during the early part of next year.
Aug. 29, 2017: In either case, whether he keeps marching or turns in his uniform, Wright will never be forgotten among Mets fans, even if his time on field was cut short. He needs to remain involved. Because, regardless of when he officially calls it quits, he'll leave behind a rich, rock-solid legacy that should act as a model of professionalism and passion for future players and fans >> Read more.