Mets third baseman David Wright, limited to only 75 games since the 2014 season because of chronic back and shoulder problems, got more discouraging news Monday.
Wright, who turned 35 in December, is barred from baseball activities for eight more weeks after an examination revealed continuing issues, the team announced.
David Wright update: No baseball activity for eight more weeks. He’s still having shoulder and lower back issues. pic.twitter.com/49kTSB6DAn— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) March 13, 2018
A seven-time All-Star, Wright didn't play for the Mets at all in 2017. He was in camp this spring with the hope of working his way back.
He missed the bulk of his 2015 season with spinal stenosis and made it through a month of games in 2016 before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. A shoulder problem short-circuited his 2017 MLB season, limiting him to three appearances at Single-A.
Wright is under contract with the Mets for three more years, at $20 million this season, $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020 with insurance paying the bulk of the guaranteed $47 million.
Earlier this spring, he told ESPN that the Mets' third base situation is in good shape without him, with recently acquired Todd Frazier, Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores quality options.
Since breaking in with the Mets in 2004, Wright has batted .296/.376/.491 with 242 homers and 970 RBIs. He also has won two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards.