Tonight will mark the first game action for Wright since May 27 of last season. The 34-year-old was placed on the disabled list on June 3, 2016—retroactive to May 30—with a herniated disk in his neck. Before that, he had been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a painful and irreversible back condition.
Wright’s latest malady—the shoulder impingement—is believed to be related to the surgery to correct the herniated disk in his neck. He resumed throwing in April and was cleared for baseball activities earlier this month, but actually playing in a minor league game will be his biggest test yet.
Given that Wright has only played in 75 games over the past two seasons, it is best to keep expectations in check. Though he will never be the player he was in his prime, he did hit .260/.365/.436 with 12 home runs in 338 plate appearances in those 75 games. In a season full of disappointment, any positive news about the Mets’ injured captain will provide a tiny but much needed glimmer of hope.