David Wright believes it's possible he could play for the Mets this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters before Wednesday's game.
However, Alderson said he is not 100 percent certain of Wright's status, given that he only recently resumed baseball activity in Port St. Lucie.
In either case, even if Wright returns, Alderson doesn't believe it will be enough time to learn enough about Wright's future to help him this winter.
"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.
Wright fielding ground balls during workouts in St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Wright, who is on the 60-day disabled list, had 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.
The team's captain has not suited up in a big league game since May 27, 2016, after which he underwent surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his neck. Wright has also battled spinal stenosis, which limited him to just 38 games in 2015.
"Given how long it's been, I think we're just taking it by the day," Mets assistant GM John Ricco said in July. "I don't think we're looking too far ahead. We're just trying to see how it goes over the next few days, two weeks, see how he feels."
Adam Rubin (Twitter | Facebook | Contact): Wright is 34 years old and separately has chronic spinal stenosis in his lower back. That same condition prematurely ended Don Mattingly's career at a comparable age. It had threatened to overtake Wright even before the ruptured disc in his neck cropped up. Wright then experienced a lack of arm strength early this year. ... Although he is signed through 2020 (with salaries the next three years of $20 million, $15 million and then $12 million), the Mets clearly will approach this offseason seeking a third baseman -- whether that's by picking up Asdrubal Cabrera's $8.5 million option or via another route.
In the meantime, unless something has occurred that the Mets have not publicly disclosed, they should be recouping 75 percent of Wright's salary from insurance. So, if Wright never appears in the majors again, the Mets would be reimbursed for $15 million of the $20 million owed to him this season >> Read more about Wright's insurance.