"No setbacks, we’re moving forward. That’s all you can ask…It’s doing good. I’m hopefully finishing up some rehab stuff. I’m going to get checked out by the doctors in the next couple of weeks. And we’ll see how that goes and that will kind of determine what’s next as far as the plan moving towards for next year. I’m excited. I’ve been doing this rehab stuff pretty religiously for these last six weeks or however long it’s been and feeling better. Hopefully I get some good news when I go to the doctors."
Wright, who turns 32 in December, played through the shoulder injury from June through early-September, when he was shut down for the season.
On September 9, after Wright was shut down for the year, he was prescribed a six-week rehab plan.
If all continues on the right track, Wright should be fine for the start of spring training.
If, instead, Wright is forced to undergo surgery for the injury, his status for the start of the season may be up in the air.
Wright’s final 2014 numbers: a triple slash of .269/.324/.374 with 30 doubles, eight home runs and 63 RBI.
Wright has maintained since September that he didn’t feel surgery would be the end result, and it appears that he may be right – which would be a tremendous thing for both Wright and the team.
As far as Wright’s performance in 2014 and how much the injury impacted him…
Wright, as he has always done, initially refused to admit the injury was hampering him. However, once the season got closer to its conclusion, Wright finally admitted what everyone knew: that the injury had been impacting him negatively.
There are those who are worried that Wright’s performance in 2014 had nothing to do with the injury. Frankly, that seems like a very misguided point of view.
Not many people actually believed Wright when he said during the season that the injury wasn’t an excuse, and the fact that he admitted near the end of the campaign that it was bothering him should be all anyone needs to know about whether it had an impact.
Wright did not hit a single home run after the All-Star break, giving even more credence to the belief that the shoulder injury sapped his power and prevented him from performing up to his capabilities.