captain Wright to have neck surgery
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[June 17, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - New York
Mets third baseman David Wright said he will undergo neck surgery on
Thursday to repair the herniated disk that has sidelined him since
Dr. Robert Watkins, who has previously treated Wright for spinal
stenosis in his lower back, will perform the operation in
Wright, 33, attempted rest and anti-inflammatory injections before
agreeing with Watkins that surgery was necessary.
"After trying every way to get back on the field, I've come to
realize that it's best for me, my teammates and the organization to
proceed with surgery at this time," Wright said in a statement.
"My neck simply did not respond to any of the treatments of the past
"While incredibly frustrating and disappointing, I am determined to
make a full recovery and get back on the field as soon as I can to
help the Mets win. I greatly appreciate the support of my teammates
and our fans throughout the last few weeks."
The defending National League champion Mets (35-29) were in second
place in the NL East, five games behind the Washington Nationals
heading into Thursday's game against the visiting Pittsburgh
There is no official timetable for Wright's return and the Mets said
it "will be determined based on the results of the procedure and the
progress of the recovery."
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Mets third baseman David Wright (5) heads out on his home run during
the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.
Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Wright was batting .226 with seven homers in 37 games before being
Wright's contract runs through the 2020 season.
(Editing by Larry Fine)
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