New York Mets third baseman David Wright has elected to undergo surgery for a herniated disc in his neck, the team announced Thursday. Recovery time for this specific surgery usually lasts a minimum of three months, and will most likely force him to miss the rest of the MLB season.
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Wright, who previously battled through a serious spinal stenosis diagnosis last season, has been on the disabled list since June 2 with a herniated disc in his neck. The Mets' captain received multiple injections to numb the pain and planned on playing through the injury prior to Tuesday's announcement.
In a press conference following the announcement, Wright called the decision "incredibly frustrating and annoying," adding, "I am determined to make a full recovery and get back on the field."
While the 33-year-old veteran is intent on making another comeback, this may very well mark the end of a tremendous career for the longtime third baseman. If Wright, who still has four years left on his massive 7-year deal, does decide to retire, the Mets will save roughly $67 million in salary.
Focusing on the present, the defending National League champions will most likely need to look outside of the organization for Wright's replacement, as current third baseman, Wilmer Flores, is hitting just .250 and is an obvious defensive liability on the hot corner.