Mets shut down David Wright after setback in throwing program

Mets shut down David Wright after setback in throwing program
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By Zach Gewelb

David Wright’s status for Opening Day is in doubt.

General manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that the Mets’ third baseman will be shut down after experiencing a setback with his throwing program.

“He’s not going to be throwing for a couple of weeks, probably not throwing with any real zip for a period after that,” Alderson told reporters Tuesday morning, adding that the captain’s availability for Opening Day is now in question.

Wright is in the middle of an attempted comeback after playing in just 75 games from 2015-16 due to injury. He was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a spinal injury, in May 2015.

The Mets will likely turn to Jose Reyes to step in as their third baseman while Wright is on the mend.

Reyes came to New York in June last year and performed relatively well, posting a .267/.326/.443 line with 45 runs scored in 60 games.


• The Mets have played to a 2–2 record in their first four games this spring. New York won their opener 3–2 Friday against Boston before falling to Washington 8–6 the following day. The Mets bounced back to beat Detroit 5–2 Sunday afternoon but fell to Houston 5–2 Monday.

• The offense has showed some power early this spring, with Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Gavin Cecchini each homering once, and Michael Conforto going deep twice.

• None of the Mets’ big arms have seen game action yet, with New York opting to pitch their younger talent as the veterans ease back into action.

• Lucas Duda is battling a hip injury, according to reports. Manager Terry Collins told reporters that he believes Duda will resume baseball activities shortly.