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David Wright Rejoins the Mets After Weeks of Medical Leave

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The New York Mets’ David Wright, is having a tough season: after being placed on the disabled list on April 15 to recover from a hamstring injury, team representatives reported that Wright had been further afflicted with back pain. But while the Mets originally stated that there was no set time for him to return to the field, new reports suggest that he could be resume baseball activity by Monday, May 11.

Wright, a third baseman, was drafted by the Mets in 2001, making his professional debut in 2004. Since then, he has become a seven-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and holds Mets franchise records for double bases, runs scored, walks, strikeouts, hits and more. He was also made team captain in 2013 and earned the nickname “Captain America” after his performance for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, which included a grand slam. For this reason, his time on the disabled list has proven challenging for the team, especially with catcher Travis d’Arnaud also out of commission.

Fortunately, Wright’s prognosis has long been reported as promising. Team representatives stated that his hamstring has significantly improved, and he was examined in New York by team doctors on Thursday, May 7 for his back pain. The team says that the MRI revealed no structural damage or stress reaction, and that Wright will resume his rehabilitation activities when the back pain eases. Until then, Wright was reportedly prescribed a dose of anti-inflammatory medication and rest.

At the time, the Mets medical team stated that there was no schedule for Wright’s return to the field, but that his recovery wasn’t expected to take very long. Accordingly, new reports have suggested that he could rejoin the team on Monday, May 11. The Mets will likely be grateful; although they initially covered Wright’s absence by starting Eric Campbell at third base, they eventually optioned Campbell for Triple-A Las Vegas and substituted Dilson Herrera on second and Daniel Murphy on third. While this has largely been an improvement, the lineup is expected to simply be smaller thanks to Wright’s return.

However, there is some concern that further medical issues could restrict Wright’s performance, especially if his lower back pain becomes a recurring problem. An estimated 80 to 90% of the American population suffers from back pain, meaning that Wright could easily be taken out of commission once again. For this reason, schools and training centers for chiropractors and other neuromusculoskeletal specialists are increasingly focused on ways to treat this type of issue without resorting to surgery and other invasive techniques.