Mets captain David Wright is trying his darndest to be on the field next season. After getting shoulder surgery last month, the third baseman underwent a laminotomy procedure on his lower back today in Los Angeles.
“Through this entire rehab process, I have been driven to get back on the field as quickly as I can,” Wright said in a statement. “That’s why I had the shoulder surgery and that’s why today I underwent back surgery to reduce the risk of further issues going forward. With these two surgeries behind me, I hope to be able to put on a Mets uniform again as soon as possible. My desire to play is as strong as ever.”
Wright hasn’t played a big league game since May of 2016. He underwent neck surgery last season and played during spring training, but was setback because of a shoulder impingement, which affected his throwing.
Wright also suffers from spinal stenosis, which is incurable and needs to stretch certain ways to get ready for games.
It will be interesting to see if the back surgery today helps him recover.