David Wright’s prospects for returning this season weren’t very good, and now it appears even less likely. The Mets have placed their captain on the 60-day disabled list, and the team does not expect him to return this season.
Wright had surgery last month on his injured neck. From there, various rumors sprouted about possible players to fill the void. But the Mets have settled on a familiar face.
By transferring Wright to the 60-day DL, they free up a 40-man roster spot for former Met Jose Reyes. The Mets activated him today, while young shortstop Matt Reynolds was optioned to the minors. Reyes has played shortstop for nearly his entire career, but Mets brass firmly believe he can make a transition to the hot corner.
This is the second-consecutive year Wright will miss the majority of the season. He played in just 38 games last year due to spinal stenosis. It’s a permanent condition, which forced him to take regular games off this season while he was still playing. In 37 games in 2016, Wright hit .226/.350/.438 with seven home runs and 14 RBI.