David Wright is feeling good, will visit Dr. Watkins in LA for a checkup on Monday
David Wright just completed the most trying year of his career in 2015 after being diagnosed with stenosis in his lumbar spine and spending much of the season in Los Angeles with renowned back surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins rehabbing and hoping for a return to the big leagues.
While he was able to return and at least make an impact during the regular season, his workload to prepare for a game was monumental, spending 90 minutes preparing his back and body just for the pre-game routine every single day, which begins more than three hours before first pitch.
And after games, Wright’s lower back would be wrapped in an ice cold wrap during his post-game talks with reporters in the clubhouse.
Wright is aiming to refine those routines for next season, and so he will visit with Watkins today in Southern California not only for a checkup, but in an effort to re-define those routines with hopes he can sustain a full 162-game schedule in 2016.
“I’ve gradually gotten into doing some rehab things with my back,” Wright recently told Maria Guardado of the Star Ledger. “I’m scheduled to see the doctor on Monday and come up with kind of an offseason game plan, so I’m really looking forward to that. Now’s about the time of year where I personally get the itch to get back in training mode and get ready for spring training.”
It’s unrealistic to expect Wright to be able to play everyday, until proven otherwise. As such, the Mets are expected to employ a similar program for Wright which led to his successful return in 2015, which will be to have him play three or four consecutive games followed by a respite.
In addition, the Mets have bought themselves some insurance for Wright, in case he needs extended time off or sustains another kind of injury,
By acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker during the Winter Meetings, the Mets can transform Wilmer Flores into a super-utility infielder who can play second base, shortstop and third base for extended periods of time if needed.
Wright recently told MLB.com his back does feel good right now and has been resting since the conclusion of the World Series. He intends to ramp up his activities this week, following his visit with Dr. Watkins.
Wright hit .289/.379/.434 with seven doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI in 174 plate appearances over 38 regular season games in 2015. He went 10-for-54 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in 14 postseason games in 2015.