David Wright took full batting practice today, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Wright has only been fielding ground balls since March 2 when he was shut down indefinitely due to a right shoulder impingement. He later told reporters that he's technically able to hit, as well as do other baseball activity. However, he planned to only field so he could help further reduce inflammation and not risk damaging the shoulder.
It's nice to see him on field with his teammates, but hitting is not a milestone for him.
His issue is literally ALL about movements that involves raising his right arm above his head, i.e., throwing. In early March people in St. Lucie told me it could be at least four weeks, and after another exam, before David is able to stand at third base and throw a baseball across the diamond.
Wright in the dugout between 2016 workouts in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
The inflammation in his shoulder should hopefully be doing down, which is supposed to get him back some range of motion and a lot less pain. However, I was advised that if at any point during this process we see reports of him getting a local anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection, i.e., a cortisone shot, it likely means the pain and inflammation is not subsiding and that more rest and medication is needed.
The point is, though it's a common condition, this shoulder issue will be a process for Wright - and I don't think it's the last we're going to hear of it. My hunch - and fear - is that between this situation, plus his neck, plus his spine, plus his hamstrings (which were a repeated problem a few years ago), it's going to be difficult for David to ever stay on the field for more than a few days in a row.
In other words, despite today's appearance, I'm still not expecting Wright to get his first big-league at bat until at least May - and that's assuming he doesn't experience any other set backs along the way...
Wright fielding ground balls during 2017 workouts in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
The 34-year-old Wright has been limited to just 75 regular-season games during the past two seasons. He was on the disabled list for roughly four months in 2015 when he strained his right hamstring and then developed spinal stenosis. Last season, he was batting .226 with seven homers, 14 RBI and 55 strikeouts in 137 at-bats through May 27 when he was sidelined by neck pain, which resulted in season-ending surgery June 16 to repair a herniated disk.
It's very possible this most recent setback will force Wright to miss Opening Day, Mets GM Sandy Alderson, Alderson, who believes the shoulder weakness likely stems from months of inactivity rehabbing from the neck surgery.
Wright has four years and $67 million remaining on his current contract. He'll earn $20 million each of the next two seasons, but agreed to be paid $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.
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