David Wright threw a baseball today for the first time since his neck injury last June. The operation was to repair a herniated disc that the third baseman suffered in late May. He didn’t play another game after going on the disabled list on June 3.
With reliable infielders like Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes back in the fold, the Mets are well prepared to play an entire season with Wright, who has played in a total of 75 games over the past two seasons due to the herniated disc in 2016 and spinal stenosis in 2015. However, anything the Mets can get out of the seven-time All-Star would help the cause this season. Last year he hit .226/.350/.438 with seven home runs in 37 games before going on the DL.
Following Wright’s throwing session on Sunday, Terry Collins said that his team captain was feeling fine.
Wright’s participation in baseball activities this winter is a good sign that Collins can pencil him into the starting lineup on Opening Day. It seems like a long shot because of his injury history, but if Wright can get back to playing in 100 games, he can raise New York’s offensive profile considerably.