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David Wright has back surgery in hopes of comeback

Mets' David Wright looks on from the dugout

Mets' David Wright looks on from the dugout against the Angels at Citi Field on May 21, 2017. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

David Wright had lower back surgery Thursday, the Mets announced, effectively erasing any lingering questions about whether the team captain intends to keep pushing for a return despite numerous setbacks.

“My desire to play is as strong as ever,” Wright said in a statement released by the team.

Wright, 34, underwent a laminotomy in Los Angeles. The procedure is designed to relieve pressure and is commonly associated with the condition spinal stenosis, which he has dealt with since 2015.

It is Wright’s third surgical procedure since May 2016, the last time he set foot on a big-league field. It follows neck surgery in 2016 to treat a herniated disc and rotator cuff surgery in September.

Wright has no plans to retire. “Through this entire rehab process, I have been driven to get back on the field as quickly as I can,” he said. “That’s why I had the shoulder surgery and that’s why today I underwent back surgery to reduce the risk of further issues going forward. With these two surgeries behind me, I hope to be able to put on a Mets uniform again as soon as possible.”

Early stage of managerial search. The Mets are whittling down a large list of candidates for their managerial opening. One source said the club still is “very early” in the process of replacing Terry Collins. Another source indicated that the Mets have yet to receive permission to interview any potential candidates employed by other clubs. Bench coaches Bob Geren (Dodgers) and Alex Cora (Astros), whose teams are playing in the postseason, are among those who have been linked to the job.

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