The New York Mets' captain, David Wright, suited up for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets on Sunday afternoon, making his first minor league appearance since Aug. 2017.
Wright, who has not played a game at the major league level since May 2016, has been working out with the St. Lucie team and eyeing a comeback.
“I think a lot of people just want to get their eyes on him and see how the ball is coming off his bat, how he was moving around at third, how he was throwing the ball,” manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Saturday night's game in Miami.
The Mets didn't quite get to see much of how the ball was coming off his bat, as Wright went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, one looking and one swinging, and a deep pop-fly to left field. In the field, Wright caught a pop-up in the fourth inning.
“It felt good to get back out there,” Wright said following the game. “Hopefully the results will come. But for now, getting three at-bats, I went out and played the field for five innings, seeing some pitches, seeing some really dominant pitching.”
The 35-year-old third baseman has been dealing with injury after injury, initially being diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015. Since then, Wright has dealt with shoulder and neck issues, tearing his rotator cuff in a rehab game last August, which required surgery, and getting surgery to relieve lower back pain.
These injuries have caused Wright to have an extensive pregame conditioning, requiring more time and focus to prepare for baseball activities daily.
Though Wright feels he still needs days off periodically, he hopes to work his way into a few more games during the St. Lucie Mets’ four-game homestand this week.
“Once guys are in rehab games, then anything is possible,” Callaway said. “They are on the right track to getting back here and helping us out. I feel that there’s a very good chance now.”
Wright is currently on his sixth year of an eight-year contract extension through 2020 worth $138 million. The seven-time Mets All-Star has been a part of the organization since he was drafted by them in 2001.