David Wright, who has been on the disabled list since straining his hamstring early this month, has been rehabbing recently in New York. According to the team’s reporters and pictures that were snapped of him on the field, Wright has been playing catch, taking grounders (including this afternoon), and doing some light conditioning work.
Earlier today, Manager Terry Collins noted that Wright would play again this season, while cautioning that he isn’t sure just how many games Wright will get under his belt once he returns.
During an interview with SNY earlier this week, Wright said that he fully expected to return before the season ended.
Players ordinarily return from hamstring injuries in a matter of weeks, not months, so I’m not sure why so many expected this injury would end Wright’s season.
According to Mike Kerwick, if Wright continues to progress, he’ll soon take the next step in his rehab:
Wright is expected to begin a program in Florida early next week. Right now he’s taking grounders here and running in the pool. #mets
— Mike Kerwick (@mikekerwick) August 23, 2013
The program Wright is likely about to begin in Florida would be followed by rehab games and (hopefully) his return to the Mets within the next few weeks.
Wright is the captain of this team and someone who detests not being in the lineup. Some have stated that Wright should shut it down because it doesn’t matter if he returns this year. Frankly, that line of thinking is ludicrous. If Wright is deemed healthy and ready to return, he belongs on the field with the Mets – not on the sidelines.