Two weeks after resuming “low-level baseball activities,” David Wright believes that he will play for the New York Mets in 2017.
David Wright, who has spent the last six months recovering from a right shoulder impingement, believes that he can return to the Mets at some point this season according to Kristie Ackert of New York Daily News.
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) August 16, 2017
Most people had ruled out a possibility of Wright returning to action this season. However, the veteran infielder will continue his rehab in Florida, looking to prove his doubters wrong.
In order for Wright to return this year, he would have to speed up his entire rehab program over the next few weeks. Even then, he would probably only see time in the lineup come mid-to-late September.
Wright, who has been arguably the most injury prone star in baseball over the past five years, is far less suited to return to an everyday role than he thinks.
According to Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson “acknowledged the Mets will have to examine this off-season whether to pursue an everyday third baseman.”
In a situation where if Wright can return to the Mets lineup this year, and prove that he can still dominate on both ends, Alderson may not end up looking at alternative third basemen this offseason.
Then again, maybe it doesn’t matter what Wright does. It’s hard to envision the Mets going into 2018 with major questions at the hot corner once again.