New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who is dealing with chronic spinal stenosis, has been a question mark for the team coming into the year. Talking to reporters last night, manager Terry Collins revealed that Wright may be given days off after long flights.
The Mets are traveling to San Diego Wednesday, after an afternoon game at home against the Atlanta Braves. With no off day Thursday before a four-game series against the Padres, Collins said Wright could sit for the first game in San Diego. Wright has been working hard to get prepared in advance of each game, spending hours to get into game shape, but it's not clear how a long plane ride will affect his back.
There's one other potential troubling flight for Wright — long plane ride with no following off day — in mid-August, when the team finishes a three-game set against the Padres in New York before flying out Sunday, August 14, to Phoenix for a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks.