Mets captain David Wright missed most of the team’s World Series run last season.
I was at the game in April when Wright went to steal second and was struck with pain in his hamstring. As any fearless captain would, he tried to stick it out but couldn’t. Weeks later we found out that it wasn’t simply just a pulled hamstring; Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and was out for four months.
Now that you have that little reminder, let’s focus on the future. The Mets don’t want to overwork Wright and will be cautious with him this upcoming season, especially as they don’t want to wear him out during the regular season when there’s a postseason they’re expecting to play. In an interview with the NY Post, Sandy Alderson said that the Mets’ goal is for Wright to play 130 games.
When asked where Wright is medically, Alderson responded:
"I think we’re hoping that he’ll play 130 games or so. We’re gonna make sure that he’s not overworked. So it’s important for us to find somebody who can play 30 games or so at third base when he’s not in there. But I think we have to be realistic, and not expect that he’s gonna be an absolute everyday out there playing 150 or 155 games, that’s not gonna happen."
Yes, this means that for around 30 games, there will be someone else at third base. Who will this player be at third? “That’s a good question” was Alderson’s response, which made me laugh in a hesitant way. However he did proceed to elaborate that Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada, are all options for playing third, and potentially Matt Reynolds and Eric Campbell (if they make the roster). Alderson would ideally like a left-handed hitter to play the position, meaning that the 30 games Wright would miss would most likely span over games against right-handed pitchers. Walker and Cabrera would probably be the best two to fill in at third as they’re both switch hitters. Alderson said that left-handed hitting will be something they focus on during spring training.
David Wright is not the young player he used to be. The Mets do need to rest him, especially as we need him perfect for the postseason (fingers crossed). Walker and Cabrera are both two players that can do the job, especially if they get the practice in during Spring Training as they’re expected to.