Mets Season Preview: What can we expect from David Wright this season?
Darren Martino, Staff Writer
Look, I love David Wright as much as anyone, but we have to face the reality that we will never again see the player that we fell in love with. Simply too much bad has happened to him over the last few years.
The injuries have been mounting up over the last five years, and they have all been of the serious nature. These have been the types of injuries that end careers. The fact that Wright keeps fighting back from them is a testament to him as both a ballplayer and a man.
When Wright last played in 2016, he didn’t look good. He was striking out at an alarming rate last year before the herniated disc in his neck came to light. He didn’t look great in the field either, making soft throws across the diamond. Again, that was before the neck issue that arose. We don’t know what he looks like now because the Mets were keeping his throwing sessions private.
Now that Wright is shut down indefinitely, this time for a shoulder impingement, the last card may have just fallen. If he does make it back onto the field this year, it will have to be in limited action. This is a time when a DH in the National League would be great to have, as it would give Wright the opportunity to continue on.
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Unfortunately that is not the case and Wright just simply isn’t an everyday player anymore. The best use of Wright may be as a pinch hitter at this point. If he pushes for more than that without proving himself on the field, the Mets brass will have to have a difficult conversation with him.