It’s official – the Mets captain has thrown a ball.
On Sunday morning, Mets captain David Wright threw for the first time since his season-ending neck surgery. We knew this was scheduled and happening but it’s a different sense — hearing that it would happen and hearing that it actually did happen.
I wish I was there to see it happen, but alas I just have to settle by hearing it on Twitter from all the Mets beat writers who were there and saw it happened.
According to Terry Collins, Wright had no discomfort after throwing. That’s great news! Obviously Wright will have to be cautious, but the fact that he threw this morning and felt fine is a promising start.
Wright threw about 30 times and at approximately 60-70 feet.
The captain felt good afterwards. I’m sure it was a mix of both feeling good physically (thank God) and feeling good being back out there. He had to be quite excited to get back to baseball as we all know how much he loves this sport and loves his team.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson also weighed in after Wright threw, saying that he remains hopeful that Wright will be ready by Opening Day. Let’s hope he’s there to suit up.
Wright missed most of last season due to neck surgery — and we know he’s also been dealing with spinal stenosis. It pained him to not be with his teammates as they made the playoffs in 2016 and badly wants to be there for the ride in 2017.
Just last month we saw video of Wright swinging a baseball bat. Now he’s throwing. We’re progressing — and let’s just hope this continues to progress in a positive way and our Captain is back on the field this season.