Given the year they’ve had, New York Mets fans could always use a bit of good news, especially if it concerns a fan favorite.
Assistant general manager John Ricco (h/t Max Gelman, MLB.com) told the media on Wednesday that team captain and third baseman David Wright has been cleared by doctors to take part in “low -level” baseball activities.
It’s been a nightmare of a couple seasons for Wright.
Despite appearing in his first-ever World Series in 2015. He played just 38 games during the regular season, making his debut in August due to spinal stenosis. The condition forced him to take part in extensive preparations that took hours just to get him loose before games.
Last year, he could only make it to the end of May after starting the season healthy. He had to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, which kept him out for the remainder of 2016.
He looked to get back on the field in 2017, but a shoulder issue forced him to the sidelines during Spring Training.
Wright is one of the greatest Mets ever, leading the team in Wins Above Replacement (WAR), hits, doubles and RBI.
At 34 years old, Wright’s baseball mortality has been called into question for the past few seasons given his health. But his work ethic and desire to get back on the field is something to be admired regardless if he suits up for the Mets again or not.