David Wright injury update: How long will he be out with herniated disc?

Mets' David Wright to undergo neck surgery

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.

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.

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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."

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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.

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T-25. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees & James Shields, San Diego Padres: $21,000,000

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24. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: $21,118,782

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23. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees: $21,142,857

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22. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals: $21,571,428

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21. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,607,142

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20. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,857,142

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T-18. Jose Reyes, Colorado Rockies & Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees: $22,000,000

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17. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers: $22,125,000

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16. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals: $22,142,857

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15. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: $22,750,000

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14. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: $23,000,000

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13. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: $23,125,000

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12. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers: $23,500,000

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11. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: $24,000,000

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T-7. C.C Sabathia, New York Yankees; Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies; Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels; Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs: $25,000,000

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6. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: $25,857,142

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T-4. Miguel Cabrera & Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: $28,000,000

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3. David Price, Boston Red Sox: $30,000,000

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2. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks: $34,000,000

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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $34,571,428

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