According to Metsblog.com:
David Wright has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which, according to Bergen Record reporter Bob Klapisch, is the same condition that forced Lenny Dykstra to retire at 35 years old (May 23, 12:41 p.m.).
According to WebMD.com:
You can most likely control mild to moderate symptoms with pain medicines, exercise, and physical therapy. Your doctor may also give you a spinal shot of corticosteroid, a medicine that reduces inflammation.
You may need surgery if your symptoms get worse or if they limit what you can do. Surgery to remove bone and tissue that are squeezing the nerve roots can help relieve leg pain and allow you to get back to normal activity. But it may not help back pain as much.
This is obviously not good news for David Wright, the Mets, their fans, or baseball. David Wright is one of the good guys in the game, face of the franchise, leave it all on the field type of guy. As much as it hurts the team, you know it is killing Wright that he can’t be out on the field helping his teammates catch the very catchable first place Nationals. Wright has really taken a downturn in his career over the last five years due to a variety of injuries to his shoulder, back, and hamstrings.
More importantly, the talk needs to be about how Wright can make it back and what type of player he will be if he is able to do so. While WebMD say their are options to manage the pain and manage the stenosis overall, it doesn’t seem that their is a real cure or fix that will take this away forever. Also not helping matters is the Metsblog point that this same injury forced Lenny Dykstra to retire at just 35 years old.
Right now, all we can do is send David our well wishes and hope for a speedy recovery. While he is recovering and mentally preparing for whatever steps need to take place, the Mets front office really needs to start working on a contingency plan just incase Wright can’t return to being the Mets Captain and instead a shell of his former self, if any sort of player at all.