Mets: David Wright’s baseball activities pushed back to January

By JT. Teran

The Mets are making sure David Wright takes his time coming back on the field.

At Tuesday’s Mets’ kids holiday party, general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with reporters, and gave us a few updates about certain players’ progress. When speaking about Mets captain David Wright, Alderson noted that he’s begun “simulated baseball activity” – a positive step – without being on the field though. Sandy also pointed out that Wright has not grabbed a bat to swing or has even simulated a swing yet. Naturally it sounds like his progress has been a little slower than most of us had hoped.

David Wright has been sidelined since May with neck issues, and had surgery to repair the herniated disk that was causing his pain in late June.

Earlier in the month, the Mets sounded optimistic that David Wright would begin baseball activities this month of December, but now Sandy Alderson confirmed that wouldn’t be the case until January. The GM did not elaborate on why the original time frame changed, but we shouldn’t rush to worry or think that something happened with Wright’s neck or back.

Coming off of major neck surgery, it’s logical that some timetables may get moved around a bit when you start getting into major physical rehab and movement. While his progress may be slower, the fact that the Mets haven’t announced any type of setback or need for Wright to be shutdown is a positive sign.

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