Mets captain David Wright undergoes back surgery, still committed to return

By JT. Teran
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: David Wright
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: David Wright /

The captain has gone under the knife for the second time in one month. This time, it was for his back.

Early Thursday evening, the Mets put out a statement on behalf of David Wright. I have to be honest that it kind of freaked me out a little bit because there were no rumors about anything Wright-related, so automatically, I assumed something terrible had happened. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case at all. Actually, it seems like it was something positive overall.

Now, obviously it’s not the greatest sign that David Wright had to have another surgery, but it sounds like this was definitely a needed step.

According to SNY’s Steve Gelbs, the captain underwent “laminotomy surgery.” Typically, this surgery is meant as a spinal decompression surgery reserved for people with spinal stenosis that are still suffering from back pain. It’s unfortunate that Wright is still being bothered by his back, but if we take his word based on his statement, this was also a preventative procedure.

This is the second surgery in 31 days that the Mets third baseman has had done. Early in September, Wright shut down his latest rehab attempt and underwent surgery to repair his right rotator cuff. He had played a handful of games in the minor leagues, when the regrettable decision had to be made.

This past season was the first season since Wright’s debut in 2004 that the third baseman didn’t suit up in blue and orange. For many fans and commentators, Wright is nearing the end of his career.

Next: Mets to offer Alderson two-year extension

But for those asking, no, David Wright is still not considering retirement. He also doesn’t want to manage so he won’t be Terry Collins‘ replacement, no matter how much we wish that were the case. He still believes he can make a good enough recovery that he can help contribute on this team, and as long as he believes it, we should continue to support him as well.