Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wright Is Back, Only for a Visit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wright Is Back, Only for a Visit

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NEW YORK - In their push to the playoffs last year, the Mets received a boost down the stretch when David Wright returned in late August after a lengthy absence because of spinal stenosis.

Wright again will be sidelined for an extended stretch after undergoing fusion surgery in May to repair a herniated disk, but it appears a return is not in order this season.

"I really don't know," Wright said in his first comments since the surgery. "I love the game of baseball. I can't wait to get back out there, but the most important thing for me now is my health and trying to get my neck healed, because if I go and do something I'm not supposed to ... we're not talking about baseball ... we're talking about something that is going to affect me later in life."

Though Wright is "very" confident he will play again for the Mets, the third baseman indicated his season is over after just 37 games. Wright, who underwent surgery on May 16, said he's scheduled for a checkup in six weeks, and needs to allow three months for the fusion to heal.

He joined the team Thursday when it began its 11-game homestand.

"In my mind this is beyond something that can be rushed to try to get back on the baseball field," Wright said before Friday's game. "This is something that the sense of urgency for this in the doctor's voice was much greater than the sense of urgency when I talked to him about my back last year."

Wright is enjoying being around his teammates, but it has not been an easy time for him since undergoing the surgery. Wright described last week as "tough," and he's now starting to perform more basic functions like putting on his socks and shoes and going for walks. The veteran has to wear a neck brace at times, and said he probably will need to take pain medications for at least another week. The surgery, which Wright said included drilling into his hip and removing bone marrow, will affect his mobility, and he estimated he will lose about five percent of his previous mobility. …

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