As soon as David Wright went on the 15-day DL with the neck injury, most of us who have had either firsthand experience with disc problems, watched the man play on the field or just observed NY Mets' luck over the past many years had already concluded he was done for the year. Today it was announced that Wright will indeed go under the knife confirming what was suspected from the beginning. Whether or not this development spells the end for his career is still up in the air. There are cases such as that of Prince Fielder coming back after just 3 months. However, given his more advanced age and the spinal stenosis complication, Noah Syndergaard's tweet pretty much said it all when he opined that the Captain was done for the year.
Now when the Mets do move him to the 60-day DL it will open up a spot on the 40-man roster. How should they use it? Do you look to sign a pending free agent such as Jose Reyes or the Cuban Yulieski Gourriel. Do you consider promoting players heretofore unable to move out of AAA due to roster status such as T.J. Rivera or Travis Taijeron? Or do you hold onto that roster spot and see who else shakes out of the trees as other clubs seek to shape their rosters for a pennant chase?
Until you make that decision do you keep penciling in Wilmer Flores at 3B every day? Does he wind up in a platoon of sorts with Kelly Johnson? Do they promote Dilson Herrera and shift the also-ailing Neil Walker to 3B?
The Mets finally must acknowledge they can no longer tread water and make a decision. If they're serious about contending then the Ty Kellys and Eric Campbells of this world are not the way to go.