David Wright Undergoes Back Surgery In Los Angeles

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: David Wright (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: David Wright (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

It has been a difficult past few years for New York Mets captain David Wright. Following a season in which he did not play in a single game, he had back surgery on Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon, Mets third baseman David Wright underwent a laminotomy procedure on his lower back in Los Angeles.

The Mets official Twitter account released a statement on Thursday announcing that Wright had the procedure done.

About a month ago, Wright had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. This particular injury kept him sidelined for the entire 2017 season, largely because it impacted his ability to throw.

Wright has had a tough time staying on the field ever since he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis back in 2015. He was diagnosed in May of that season, and went on to make his return in August. Fortunately, Wright was able to be a part of the Mets 2015 postseason run and played in every game.

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After playing in just 37 games in 2016, Wright was placed on the disabled list because of a herniated disk in his neck. He had neck surgery to repair the herniated disk on June 16. This ended his 2016 season.

The procedure that Wright underwent on his lower back on Thursday was the third major surgery that he has had in the past 16 months. Unfortunately, his spinal stenosis has really impacted his ability to stay on the field. Despite the fact that he is just 34 years old, Wright may have no choice but to retire soon.

Despite this most recent surgery, Wright says that his desire to play is “as strong as ever”. Shortly after it was announced that he had undergone the surgery, he released a statement expressing his desire to get back on the field.

While this statement sounds encouraging, it is difficult to believe that Wright will ever be able to make his return to the Mets. This is an unfortunate reality that Met fans are going to have to come to terms with. Wright himself is eventually going to have to accept the fact that returning to the field is not a practical option.

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If Wright is not ever able to make his return as a player, hopefully he can find another way to stay with the Mets organization. With his leadership skills, becoming a coach would not be out of the question. In the coming months, we will find out more about what Wright’s plans are going forward.