The two-year anniversary of David Wright’s last appearance in an MLB game passed last Sunday. Just a few days later, Wright might have taken his biggest step in months toward making sure there won’t be a three-year anniversary.
Wright was seen playing catch at Citi Field on Thursday before the New York Mets’ game against the Chicago Cubs, possibly the first time he’s thrown the ball since September 2017, according to NorthJersey.com. The details from there get pretty hazy, as the Mets probably don’t want to create the pressure of a timetable for their long-time third baseman’s return.
The last time Wright played in any sort of baseball game was a short rehab assignment in August 2017 that was eventually cut short by a recurrence of Wright’s shoulder pain. Since then, there’s been little-to-no news of Wright so much as touching a baseball. He was shut down for eight weeks in March after a less-than-positive medical examination.
Wright reportedly threw with a motion that was much more sidearm than usual Thursday, so there could still be some time before he really begins to hit the meat of his rehab. Per NorthJersey.com, Mets GM Sandy Alderson wasn’t very specific on when that might be.
“We do expect that in the next several weeks — that could be one, that could be three, it’s really imprecise at this point — that [Wright] will transition to baseball activities. His rehab has been making progress. We’ll see with the upgrade in intensity and overall activity whether his physical condition remains the same, improves or deteriorates. It’s just uncertain at this point.”
Any time on an MLB field again would be a victory for Wright, whose last MLB appearance was May 31, 2016. Wright hasn’t even appeared in enough games to qualify for the batting title since 2014, and every partial or missed season makes you a little worried he might not be able to again.
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