Mets captain David Wright is scheduled to meet with a back specialist today to develop a plan for managing his spinal stenosis. He will meet with Southern California specialist Robert Watkins to discuss strategies for both the offseason and 2016 season. Wright, who has been resting his back since the World Series, plans to work back into rehab exercises that will have him ready for spring training.
Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes the narrowing of space around the spinal cord and its nerve endings, creating pressure that causes pain, muscle weakness, and numbness or tingling in the back and legs. Back pain and rehab kept Wright out for the majority of the 2015 season—he played only 38 regular season games but hit .289/.379/.434.
Wright will still need days off in order to keep his back as healthy as possible, but one goal of today's meeting is to keep him on the field on a consistent basis in 2016.