Written by: Mikey Ryan
David Wright made his return to the diamond for the first time since May of 2016 as he played in a rehab game with Port St. Lucie Tuesday night.
Wright (Shoulder and Back injuries) was the DH and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
His first appearance in 14 months of absence was not the best but the most important thing was that the Captain returned to field. Wright has been a franchise icon and has been the face of the Mets since his debut in 2004.
No one thought Wright would play again after the setbacks suffered earlier in Spring Training this season. His career has already been derailed from injury after injury and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons. He has been so limited that the Mets have barely been paying his contract. The insurance company covers the deal so long as Wright spends 60 consecutive days on the disabled list.
Wright has shown an incredible amount of mental toughness, perseverance and resilience as he continues to battle injuries and he continues to fight hard to make it back to the team and be a productive player. That’s leadership.
There’s no saying Wright still can’t be productive either. Although limited to just 75 games in 2015 and 2016, Wright has hit .260 with 12 homers and 31 RBI. Wright has a .365 OBP and has scored 42 runs in that time. Production could still be there.
Hopefully, Wright continues to progress in his rehab and he can start taking infield and throwing more frequently.
In a lost season for the Mets, Wright making it back to the big league club come September would give the fan base something to cheer for. There’s still a long way to go before that happens but if anyone can make it back, it’s Wright. His ability to overcome obstacles has made him the best player in Franchise history.
From Mets fans everywhere, Let’s go David Wright #5. Hopefully, he makes it back and is part of one more playoff run.
Everyone will have this lasting memory of Wright in Game 3 of the World Series: