The New York Mets announced Thursday that third baseman David Wright's injured shoulder has shown "marked improvement" after a six-week rehab program. Wright is hoping to avoid surgery.
According to the team, Wright was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York this week and is scheduled to resume baseball activities in December.
Wright began experiencing discomfort in his non-throwing shoulder in June but continued to play through the pain. He was eventually shut down in September after experiencing more soreness, at which time he said he didn't expect to require surgery, only rehab. Wright also missed time due to a strained hamstring this season.
Wright is expected to return in time for spring training should he avoid surgery.
The injuries contributed to a down year for the 31-year-old in 2014. Wright hit .269 with an OPS of .698, adding eight home runs and 63 RBIs. He set career lows in both on-base percentage (.324) and slugging percentage (.374) and failed to make the All-Star team for just the third time in 11 seasons.
The Mets went 79-83 this season and tied for second in the National League East. It was the team's most wins since 2010 and its best finish in the division since 2008.
- Ben Estes