Mets captain David Wright played through the pain of his left shoulder injury as long as possible, but after an MRI exam and a consultation with team doctors Tuesday night, the decision was made to shut it down for the season. General manager Sandy Alderson said the exam showed continued inflammation in the rotator cuff and the lack of strength might have led to structural damage if Wright continued to play.
Dismissing Wright's subpar numbers this season, Alderson said, "David did what captains do. He persevered. He kept going and gutted it out. He made a major contribution to the team by continuing to perform."
After Monday night's win over Colorado, Wright consulted with team doctors about the increased pain he was feeling, leading to Tuesday's examination. "It's disappointing, but for me personally, making sure I end this year as healthy as can be and do what I can to ensure that I'll be as close to 100 percent for spring training is the goal moving forward," Wright said.
The third baseman said plans call for him to begin a six-week rehabilitation program as soon as possible and then be re-evaluated. At the moment, surgery is not considered necessary.
"After the consultation with the doctors today, I think that was a fear of mine," Wright said of the prospect of surgery. "Dr. [David] Altchek and the rest of the team doctors are in agreement that we can avoid it."
Despite reassurances from the medical team, Wright admitted the fear of surgery and his desire to do whatever is necessary to be healthy for next season are at the front of his mind. "I think I had some questions for the doctors regarding the injury and the lack of it healing itself while trying to play," Wright said. "Those questions led to concerns on both sides, mainly mine. If it were something that required [surgery], I'd rather know what it is and fix that sooner than later so that it doesn't jeopardize getting ready for next year."
Wright had two hits in Monday night's win over Colorado and was hitting .361 with seven RBIs over his previous eight games. Wright consistently has declined to use the shoulder injury as an excuse, but his offensive numbers are down this season to a mere eight home runs, 63 RBIs and .269 average. He last homered on July 11 against Miami, a span of 189 at-bats.
Eric Campbell replaced Wright in the lineup at third base and went 0-for-4.
Reflecting on his year, Wright said, "This season has left a sour taste in my mouth from both the production side of it and the injury side of it."