In a lengthy New York Times profile, Tim Rohan describes Mets captain David Wright's daily struggles with spinal stenosis, which caused the third baseman to miss most of the season. Wright spends about two-and-a-half hours each day stretching and doing light exercises, before soaking in a hot tub and targeting the sore spots, Rohan writes.
"When I was laying on my back rehabbing for a few months this summer, this is what you dream of," Wright said.
Wright also revealed that he plans to meet with his orthopedic surgeon after the season ends to prepare for future seasons. Wright said he doesn't plan on retiring any time soon. In the 26 games since coming back from the disabled list on August 24, he's hitting .299 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. He has also provided leadership to the Mets' clubhouse down the stretch run.
Wright is the only Mets player to have played in their last postseason game in 2006. He's one of three Mets—Jon Niese and Daniel Murphy being the others—who were with the team when they still played their home games at Shea Stadium.