David Wright is likely out for the rest of the season following surgery on his neck to repair a herniated disc. The team made it very clear that the decision only came after weeks of testing, rest, medications, and basically everything possible to alleviate his pain. Wright offered the following statement.
“After trying every way to get back on the field, I’ve come to realize that it’s best for me, my teammates and the organization to proceed with surgery at this time. My neck simply did not respond to any of the treatments of the past few weeks. While incredibly frustrating and disappointing, I am determined to make a full recovery and get back on the field as soon as I can to help the Mets win. I greatly appreciate the support of my teammates and our fans throughout the last few weeks.”
Speaking as a person who’s had back surgery to alleviate a herniated disc, I can tell you there is absolutely no way Wright could have continued playing as is, and the injury was almost certainly drastically affecting his performance. It’s incredibly debilitating, and the recovery is a very long one. Reports are indicating there will be a three month recovery period, but that’s on the shorter side.
Wright was batting .226/.350/.438/.788 with 7 Home Runs on the season. Wright, 33, has combined to play a total of 75 games the past two seasons and is signed through 2020.