Mets captain David Wright expressed hope that he will bounce back from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, an injury that once again cost him most of the season.
“I’m really confident that this neck surgery’s going to hold up, I’m confident my back is going to hold up, and we go from there,” said Wright, who must also deal with spinal stenosis the rest of his career.
Wright said he is scheduled to visit doctors in three months. If all goes well, he will be on a regular schedule to begin offseason baseball activities.
As for what position he would play, Wright insisted that a move from third to first would make little difference as far as saving his body.
“Every position’s demanding,” he said. “So, I would say that there’s probably not a position that you could say is less demanding for your back.”
Flores to have surgery
Wilmer Flores will undergo surgery on Thursday to remove the hamate bone in his right wrist, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday.
The Mets had called Flores’ injury a deep bone bruise, fallout from his home-plate collision with Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Sept. 10.
The surgery brings with it a five-week recovery time, meaning Flores should be at full strength well before spring training.
“It’s something common, lot of guys have had it,” Flores said. “I knew there was something wrong. It took too long to heal.”
Before he was shut down last week, Flores had been trying to return in time to help the Mets in the postseason.
Flores hit .267 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs in 103 games, establishing himself as a threat against lefthanded pitching.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will be examined by doctors on Thursday to determine if he will need surgery on the strained patellar tendon in his left knee.
“It depends on how it looks tomorrow,” he said. “I hope not. We’ll see.”
Cabrera played through the issue for most of the season.
Tim Tebow has taken weekends off from his time as a Mets farmhand to continue in his duties as a college football analyst. Nevertheless, commissioner Rob Manfred said he is a fan of Tebow’s attempt to become a baseball player.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Manfred said. “We need to attract the best athletes to our game. And he’s obviously a great athlete. Hopefully it turns out that he’s a great baseball player.”