Mets captain David Wright begins baseball activities in Port St. Lucie

By JT. Teran
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: David Wright
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: David Wright /

David Wright hasn’t played in a professional game in over a year, but the captain hasn’t given up on returning to the Mets lineup

On Wednesday, he took his first big step towards that goal by starting baseball activities in the Mets baseball complex in Port St. Lucie. The team shared the news prior to their second game in Colorado, and while they didn’t provide any additional details, at least we know David is alive.

Wright has been sidelined since last June after suffering a couple of debilitating injuries. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck in June and would miss the second half of last season because of it. The captain hoped that he’d be fully recovered by the time 2017’s spring training came around, but he’d eventually suffer multiple setbacks on his way back on the field.

At the end of February, Wright was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement, which basically prevented him from being able to throw a ball. His swing was reportedly not effected, but as a third baseman, the ability to throw is pretty essential.

On April 10, Wright resumed his throwing program, but would again be bothered by his shoulder and would again be shut down.

The last update we got about the captain was in late June when we were told he was still a few weeks away from even starting baseball activities. Well, a few weeks have passed, and he’s had no new issues, so the news we’re getting on Wednesday is pretty positive.

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Many have floated the idea of having him retire, and maybe even manage the Mets next season, but it’s clear, he hasn’t given up. David Wright is determined to come back to the starting lineup, and if anyone’s going to be able to make that type of a comeback, it’s the Mets’ no. 5.