David Wright's rehab assignment has been abruptly terminated, the Mets announced on Monday, as one of many injury updates the club relayed. No further word to Wright's status was immediately certain, other than that he will be re-examined later this week in New York.Wright released a statement on Monday evening:
David Wright's rehab assignment has been abruptly terminated, the Mets announced on Monday, as one of many injury updates the club relayed. No further word to Wright's status was immediately certain, other than that he will be re-examined later this week in New York.
Wright released a statement on Monday evening: "After playing in a few games, I continued to have shoulder pain. So I decided to go to the doctor and get it checked out. Will make any decisions going forward after my appointment."
Wright has been out all season with complications from the June 2016 surgery to repair a cervical disk herniation in his neck. In February, the 34-year-old was diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement that prevented him from throwing.
Committed to returning to the Majors this season, Wright began his rehab on Tuesday, starting as designated hitter for Class A Port St. Lucie and working his way to third base, where he played in each of his last two games, most recently on Saturday. He went 1-for-10 with five strikeouts during his three-game rehab.
Wright has missed the entire season with the injury, which surfaced early in Spring Training. The Mets believe the injury stemmed from muscle weakness following the season-ending neck surgery last June.
Wright's absence has created a gaping void at third base, as the Mets have started seven players at the position this season.
General manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged two weeks ago that Wright's future with the club may be at another position. Shortly before the examination that revealed his shoulder impingement -- and realizing he may not possess the arm strength needed at the hot corner -- Wright told manager Terry Collins that he may need to invest in a first baseman's glove.
Also on Monday, the Mets announced that an MRI on Yoenis Cespedes confirmed the initial diagnosis of a right hamstring strain. With an estimated recovery time of six weeks, Cespedes will miss the remainder of the season.
Michael Conforto is seeking a second opinion on his dislocated left shoulder, suffered while making an awkward swing last week. That examination will take place Tuesday.
The Mets also announced Matt Harvey will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and start on Friday against the Astros. Noah Syndergaard threw long toss on Monday and is expected to complete a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.