On Tuesday night, the Mets announced that David Wright‘s 2014 season is over due to “persistent inflammation” in his left rotator cuff.
Wright was out of the lineup Tuesday due to soreness in the shoulder. He was examined Tuesday prior to the announcement.
Wright said that potential surgery was a “fear” of his, but that he’s confident after Tuesday’s consultation with doctors that surgery can be avoided. Wright said he’s been prescribed a six-week rehab plan and will be examined again upon its completion.
During a press conference after Tuesday’s game, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wright “needs to get the inflammation out and strengthen the shoulder.”
Wright said that the injury is “disappointing,” but that he wanted to make sure he “ends this year as healthy as can be… both for me personally and from a team standpoint, having this thing checked out and following doctor’s orders going forward is best for me personally and for the team.”
Wright has dealt with the shoulder injury for the majority of the season, refusing to blame it for his offensive woes while acknowledging that he wasn’t 100 percent.
Regarding the fact that Wright played through the injury, Alderson said that “David did what captains do: he persevered.”
Wright’s final 2014 numbers: a triple slash of .269/.324/.374 with 30 doubles, eight home runs and 63 RBI.
If Wright can avoid surgery, his poor 2014 and decision to play through the injury may be largely forgotten.
However, if Wright eventually needs surgery for the injury, his decision to play through it – and the team’s decision to allow him to do it – will come under fire.
In a lost season, Wright playing through this injury never made sense, and the fact that he wasn’t stopped before now raised eyebrows.