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Mets injury update: David Wright shut down for another week

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Lower back stiffness will sideline the Mets' captain for at least another week

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

David Wright has been shut down for another week due to stiffness in his lower back.

This is the latest setback in the frustrating rehab process for the Mets' captain. Team doctors have emphasized to Wright that only rest will help him, and that pushing through and continuing rehab will only make the injury worse. There was some hope earlier this week after Wright took batting practice that he would be ready to play in some rehab games this week in Port St. Lucie. That obviously won’t be happening.

David Wright has been shut down for another week, due to stiffness in his lower-back.

This is the latest setback in the frustrating rehab process for the Mets captain. Team doctors have emphasised to Wright that only rest will help him, and that pushing through and continuing rehab will only make the injury worse. There was some hope earlier this week after Wright took batting practice that he would be ready to play in some rehab games this week in Port St. Lucie. That obviously won’t be happening.

Wright has been on the disabled list since April 15th when he went down with a right hamstring strain, and injury that at the time didn’t seem very serious. However, that mysterious hamstring injury took on a life of it’s own. Then today, Assistant GM John Ricco said the back injury was originally diagnosed as stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal in his lower back. It’s mostly tightness in the lower back, and Wright is going to get therapy for a week.

The Mets certainly could use Wright’s bat to spark their stagnant offense. In May, the Mets have hit .235/.299/.367, which is the fifth worst mark in the majors. There is no timetable for Wright’s return.