New York Mets third baseman David Wright said Tuesday his shoulder is "not 100 percent" and intimated it could take prolonged rest once the season is over to fully heal, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. The injury is believed to be a bruised rotator cuff.
Wright also said he continues to battle muscle spasms in his neck that obstruct his ability to turn his head and forced him to leave Sunday's game between the Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was not in the lineup Tuesday night for New York's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Wright told Rubin:
I would say that everybody has an opinion. Lamar [Johnson, Mets hitting coach] sees me on a daily basis. Is the shoulder 100 percent? No. But that takes rest. And that's what the offseason is for. But is that the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling? No. So I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly. The assessment as to why I'm playing poorly is that I'm not producing the way I'm capable of producing. I don't think it's because of my shoulder."
In 123 games this season, Wright is batting .266 with eight home runs and 56 runs batted in.
Wright has not received a cortisone shot to relieve pain in his shoulder since before the MLB All-Star break. In the second half of the season, however, he is hitting .215 with no home runs and eight runs batted in.
- Will Green