David Wright, the Mets’ captain and one of the greatest players in franchise history, will undergo surgery to repair his right rotator cuff on Tuesday. The third baseman had recently attempted to make a comeback to the big leagues and played in a handful of games with the High-A St. Lucie Mets before shutting down the rehab stint.
Over the past three seasons, Wright has been haunted by injuries. What initially appeared to be a hamstring injury early in the 2015 season turned out to be spinal stenosis, he was found to have a herniated disc in his neck that required season-ending surgery in 2016, and in spring training this year, his shoulder issue surfaced.
When healthy, as limited as those times were, Wright was still productive on the field for the Mets. Between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, he hit .260/.365/.436 with a 119 OPS+ over the course of 289 plate appearances. Each injury along the way has made it seem less and less likely that he’ll ever be able to return to the major league field.