Mets third baseman David Wright will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck on Thursday in Marina del Rey, California.
The decision to proceed with surgery was made after weeks of tests, rest, and anti-inflammatory injections to alleviate pain and improve his mobility.
Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the surgery. Dr. Watkins has worked in collaboration with Wright and the Mets medical staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery in developing this plan for Wright’s care.
Wright had been placed on the Disabled List retroactive to May 30. The timetable for his return will be determined based on the results of the procedure and the progress of his recovery.
Wright said in a statement released by the Mets:
“After trying every way to get back on the field, I’ve come to realize that it’s best for me, my teammates and the organization to proceed with surgery at this time. My neck simply did not respond to any of the treatments of the past few weeks. While incredibly frustrating and disappointing, I am determined to make a full recovery and get back on the field as soon as I can to help the Mets win. I greatly appreciate the support of my teammates and our fans throughout the last few weeks.”