Mets third baseman David Wright has been diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, per Mike Puma of the New York Post. An exact timetable for return is not known.
Though Wright can still swing a bat, his throwing abilities are jeopardized by the soreness and he will likely miss at least the beginning of the season. The impingement is the latest injury in a series of problems for the Mets’ captain, who battled spinal stenosis and underwent neck surgery last season.
Wright was limited to only 37 games for the Mets last year after appearing in just 38 in 2015. The 34-year old previously appeared in over 100 games in every season since 2005, being named an All-Star on seven occasions.
The Mets will likely once again utilize Jose Reyes as their starting third baseman, with Lucas Duda returning to full health across the diamond. Wright’s injury will hamper the club’s depth to begin the season, and could present a recurring problem once again for the Mets.