David Wright sidelined again with an injury

Mets third baseman David Wright has been diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.

"What's happening here is that the muscles around the shoulder have not re-engaged since the surgery", Alderson said.

Alderson said there is no structural damage.

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Wright is owed $67 million by the Mets over the next four seasons. The 34-year-old has a chronic back condition known as spinal stenosis and underwent neck surgery last year to fix a herniated disk. Wright's injury will hamper the club's depth to begin the season, and could present a recurring problem once again for the Mets. Wright played 37 games last season after appearing in 38 the year before.

David Wright was all smiles in the Mets dugout during a spring training game Monday afternoon, but he (and Mets fans) aren't smiling today after the latest injury news surrounding the 34-year-old third baseman. He will be re-evaluated after the two weeks, and could be a designated hitter then.

Last season, Wright hit.226 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs. Reyes played 50 games at third last season after re-joining the Mets as a free agent last June.

  • Lawrence Cooper