Mets third baseman David Wright underwent surgery today in New York to repair his injured right rotator cuff, the team announced.
There is no timetable for Wright's recovery, which has to be viewed in context with his other injuries, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday.
"As the baseball activity ramped up, what was originally an impingement worsened and had to be repaired surgically," Alderson added.
Wright played three games for Class-A St. Lucie in a rehab stint in August as he looked to return from a shoulder impingement that has kept him out since Spring Training. After experiencing more pain in his shoulder, Wright terminated the rehab.
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.
Earlier this month, a source told Mike Puma of the New York Post that Wright was not yet considering retirement. He is under contract for the next three seasons.
Wright 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.
Sept. 4, 2017: As I said in the below reaction, surgery would be bad and -- with it -- it's hard to imagine how this doesn't put him one step in retirement and the other on a banana peel. It would still not surprise me to see him give it one more shot, sort of like he did toward the end of this season. Play a few rehab games, push, and then -- if it doesn't go well -- call it quits.
But, even if he doesn't, even if he tries and tries and keeps trying, all through the end of his contract, which expires in three more seasons, so be it. It's his choice. And, as I've said before, as long as him being in the mix doesn't block a roster spot or hinder Sandy Alderson financially, so be it. I wish him well...
Feb. 2017: Wright laughs between ground balls during infield drills (Credit: Cerrone, SNY)
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 percent. I'd probably lay similar odds, though the results of this week's shoulder exam will almost certainly dictate his course of action >> Read more.
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.