New York Mets
WASHINGTON -- David Wright is one week into a six-week program designed to strengthen his left shoulder. The captain sounded fairly confident he can avoid surgery, but there are no guarantees.
Wright, whose season ended after a Sept. 8 appearance due to persistent rotator-cuff inflammation, explained the full issue to ESPNNewYork.com.
Wright indicated he has "weak" and "stretched-out" ligaments that are failing to hold the non-throwing shoulder in place. The hope is that the six-week program that will take Wright into late October will correct the issue and allow the shoulder stability to return. Otherwise, Wright would consider surgery, which would require as much as a three-and-half month recovery time. He expects to test the shoulder around Nov. 1 by hitting.
Asked if he did further harm to the shoulder stability by trying to play through the injury during the second half, Wright acknowledged: "I mean, it probably didn't help things." Still, Wright offered no regrets.