While speaking to the media at the winter meetings today, Sandy Alderson said that David Wright is “definitely on track” to begin baseball activity later this month. This is the first news of the offseason regarding Wright’s rehab.
Wright played in just 37 games during the 2016 season before suffering a herniated disc in his neck. The injury ended his season when he opted to have surgery on it after his neck did not respond well to any treatment. Wright was already receiving scheduled days off, as he played in only 38 games in 2015 because of spinal stenosis. When healthy in 2016, Wright hit .226/.350/.438 with 7 home runs in 164 plate appearances.
The Mets will have options if Wright can’t stay healthy again this year. They picked up Jose Reyes’s option, and he performed admirably filling in for the captain last year, batting .267/.326/.443 over 60 games. Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera also saw some time at third base.