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Mack's Mets writer, David Rubin, adds -
As someone who suffers from spinal stenosis for the past 5 years, and has huge problems with his neck and shoulder, I feel the Captain's pain far more intimately then I care to admit. There are mornings when simply getting up and out of bed becomes a problem within itself, let alone going through the daily routines at home and at work that can prove draining before the day has even begun. I work in a stressful profession, but I don't dive for ground-balls nor make long throws across the diamond to justify my paycheck like Wright does; I can't imagine how difficult his daily routine must be just to get into shape where getting onto the field itself doesn't drive him crazy with the pain! I know that he's very highly paid and has the best trainers and doctors money can buy, but he also has a newborn child and a young wife to think about as well. After a while the battling of the pain will grow too tiring and being away from his family will become more and more taxing and at the age of 34 there is only so much more that even a true gamer like the Captain can go through before saying "enough is enough." The selfish part of me, of all Mets fans, wants him back to being his old self so that we can compete once again for the whole shebang. The humanist part of me, of all Mets fans, wants to see David have quality of life and be able to play with his child (and future children) without having to worry about being unable to function normally, or at least close to normally.
It's ok to hold out hope that David Wright can be the player he used to be but actually banking on it to happen is just illogical. Wright will be 34 years old in 2017, an age where even healthy players begin to decline. One has to recognize that he is no longer a superstar that can carry a team....but....Wright still can help the club as a role player.
Despite his age and numerous injuries, there is still one thing that Wright does well.....Crush left-handed pitching. As long as the club can stay focused on that strength, they can maximize Wright's value to the club. Fortunately, unlike past years, the club has plenty of depth in case/when Wright needs to be placed on the disabled list. Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, and TJ Rivera are all capable of producing at least league average numbers.