Mets 3B David Wright recently underwent a laminotomy procedure in Los Angeles to help reduce pain in his lower back.
The minimally invasive procedure, which is designed to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve, should greatly reduce his pain and improve his chances of getting back on the field, Dr. Andrew Hecht recently told Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com.
According to Hecht, an orthopedic surgeon and chief of spine surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System, what Wright had done is a straightforward procedure and has a high success rate.
"We see this quite a bit in athletes and many of them have no symptoms at all, but occasionally you see someone symptomatic, like David Wright," Dr. Hecht explained to Mastracco. "Sometimes, despite all of the best efforts of the greatest doctors, somebody doesn't get better with conservative treatment," and surgery is needed.
"I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,'' Wright told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post after also undergoing surgery last month to repair his shoulder. "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 that he has not considered retirement.
"I think I still have something to give," he said. "There's still kind of that passion and that fire in me."
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.
The Mets need to acquire a bonafide third baseman this winter, regardless of whether David Wright is confident he'll be able to play baseball next season.
"We don't have an everyday, top-shelf third-base option the way some teams do," Alderson told reporters in early-August, when asked if Wright's status had been impacting his offseason plan. "We didn't go into this season with a solidified situation in part because we weren't sure what David's condition would be."
Alderson only knows now that Wright's shoulder has been surgically repaired. He doesn't know how the shoulder will respond or if it will even matter in David's attempt to get back on the field.
I'm sure Alderson would agree that it would be great to have Wright fight his way back on field, especially if the Mets are successful next year. However, with rookies starting at first base and shortstop, and Michael Conforto's return date in question, Alderson cannot again leave himself short like he did in 2017 >> Read more from Sept. 12.