David Wright, the 32-year-old third baseman and New York Mets captain, fielded ground balls today at Citi Field, resuming baseball activities for the first time since being shut down with spinal stenosis. The Mets' all-time leader in at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, and runs batted in has only played in eight games this season.
He was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring on April 15 and shut down a month later with lower-back pain he encountered while rehabbing his hamstring. That pain was the result of spinal stenosis. He has been rehabbing in California with Dr. Robert Watkins, simulating baseball activities, but is now finally able to resume them on the field.
After a repeated "no change in status" comment from Mets general manager Sandy Alderson over the past few months, this is great news. While he still has a long way to go before he is able to return to the Mets, Terry Collins expects Wright to begin a rehab assignment in St. Lucie after this weekend's series with the Nationals.