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Mets captain David Wright shut down indefinitely

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Apr 8, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) throws to first against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning to throw out Washington Nationals left fielder Tyler Moore (not shown) at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) throws to first against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning to throw out Washington Nationals left fielder Tyler Moore (not shown) at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets third baseman David Wright‘s injury woes continue. Wright had been sent to New York to get his shoulder examined, and after asking for a second opinion, his throwing program has been shut down indefinitely.

The Mets captain spoke to the media today about his recent trip up north, and shared that the outlook for now isn’t great.

Wright had been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement earlier in the  week and had hoped that a second opinion would yield a better prognosis. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case.

According to NewsDay’s Marc Carig, Wright won’t be throwing a baseball again for a little bit. Doctors had initially shut down Wright for two weeks, but that’s been changed to indefinitely. While that could still mean the two weeks originally thought, it could also been an even longer period of time. It’ll also depend on how Wright feels over the next few days.

The New York Post’s Mike Puma shared that the Mets captain plans on starting an “aggressive, time consuming shoulder rehab.”

Wright’s desire to play the game doesn’t stop him from recognizing what we’ve all known. If he can’t throw comfortably, there’s no real sense in rushing him back out on the field.

While it hasn’t been said officially by any of the Mets’ top management, it’s almost a given now that Wright won’t be ready for Opening Day. Sandy Alderson had originally downgraded his chances to “questionable,” but with this latest setback, it would probably take a miracle to have him ready in time.

Wright’s tone when speaking to the media was sad, naturally, but he’s taking it in stride, recognizing he’s going to have to keep working his tail off to get back out there in the future.

We obviously wish the Captain well and hope that he can return better. The words retirement will certainly be buzzing throughout Mets fandom over the next few weeks, and hopefully it doesn’t come close to that for now.

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Wright has been a huge part of this franchise, and he really deserves one more chance to show he can still play this game at the level he used to.

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