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5 David Wright 3B
Height/Weight: 6-0/206 | Birthdate: 12/20/1982 | Birthplace: Norfolk, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $10,192,071 | Owned/Started%: 75/41 | Average Draft Position: 122.97
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David Wright apologizes for scolding prospect in front of media


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright apologized to prospect Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday for scolding him Tuesday "within earshot" of the press, according to the New York Daily News.

However, Wright was not apologetic about the message he delivered to the highly touted pitching prosect.

"I talked to Noah yesterday, that's the thing I apologized to him for not realizing that obviously I choose to do it, so it's not the media's fault by any means, but I didn't notice the media was within earshot. So that's what I apologized to Noah for," Wright said.

"Now he has to answer questions, I have to answer questions, (Mets manager) Terry (Collins) has to answer questions, that's not the way that I like to handle things. I wasn't aware of my surroundings. As far as the content of it, I think that's something that I think Noah did an excellent job understanding the situation, he was very remorseful of the situation."

On Tuesday, Wright and reliever Bobby Parnell were upset Syndergaard went into the clubhouse to eat lunch while the Mets were in the middle of an intrasquad game. Wright told Syndergaard he needed to be on the bench during the game, but Parnell went one step further by throwing out the plate of food Syndergaard was eating.

Syndergaard, who added staying in the clubhouse was "straight up" ignorance on his part, said Wright has spoken to him twice since the incident.

"He wanted to make sure I knew that Bobby (Parnell) and he were not picking on me," Syndergaard said Wednesday. "He just wanted to make it clear, they care about me, they want me to be a part of the team, they think I can contribute in the future."

Mets' David Wright feeling good about his shoulder


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright is feeling good about his shoulder, according to MLB.com.

Wright participated in an intrasquad game on Tuesday. It was the first game action Wright has seen since being shut down with a shoulder issue last season. Following the game, Wright said he felt healthy. "It felt great," Wright said. "I felt like every other spring training, which is obviously the goal coming into this."

The 32-year-old hit .269/.324/.374 over 535 at-bats last season. 


David Wright has harsh exchange with prospect Noah Syndergaard


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright had a harsh exchange with starting pitcher prospect Noah Syndergaard for not being on the bench during the club's intrasquad game on Tuesday, per the New York Daily News.

Syndergaard was eating lunch in the clubhouse while the intrasquad game was taking place. As soon as the intrasquad game was over, Wright confronted Syndergaard and reporters heard the third baseman use the word "bench" at least twice during the exchange. Wright declined to address the incident to the media.

"If there is a young player that is here (in major-league camp) there is a reason, they have talent and potential," Wright said. "I would encourage them to use this chance to take every opportunity to learn from it. If you are a young pitcher, you can learn from sitting in with meetings with Dan (Warthen) or watching a Zack Wheeler, who I know is young, but he has experience.

"That's what I think all young players should be doing," Wright said. "That's all."

Syndergaard, who is in his first big-league camp, told Marc Carig of Newsday that he took it as a teaching moment, and that Wright was clear and "made his point."

"I really wasn't expecting it to be that big of a deal," Syndergaard said.


Mets to sit Wright, Cuddyer, Murphy, Granderson for first two games


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) The Mets are planning to sit David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson during the first two games of spring training, reports ESPNNewYork.com. Their first game of the spring will be Friday.

Mets' David Wright will avoid head-first slides


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright knows he is unlikely to play in all 162 games this season. To help him play in as many games as possible, Wright said he will no longer slide head-first, reports MLB.com.

In 2014, Wright dealt with a shoulder issue, but he would't offer that as an excuse for his lack of home runs, reports the New York Post.

"It's kind of easy to use the shoulder as an excuse, but if I'm in the game I expect to perform," he said.

Wright added he won't argue if manager Terry Collins wants him to take a day or two off to rest.


David Wright cleared for full participation with Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright was cleared for full participation in spring training. 

Team general manager Sandy Alderson met with the media on Friday morning and said that Wright's left shoulder got a good report from the team orthopedist. Wright shouldn't have any constraints on his activities in spring training. 

Wright had a career low eight home runs and .269 average for the Mets last year, and his season was cut short by ligament damage in the shoulder. Wright avoided surgery in the offseason. 


Mets' Cuddyer on Wright: 'I see that spark in him again this offseason'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) New Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer has spent some time this offseason working out with third baseman David Wright. Cuddyer said he has seen a much improved Wright from the last time he saw him during a series against the Rockies in September, when Wright was plagued by a shoulder injury.

"I see that spark in him again this offseason," Cuddyer said, per NJ.com. "I see that enthusiasm, that excitement and the strength. He looks strong right now, which is good to see."

Wright, whose injury was diagnosed as a rotator cuff contusion, failed to make the All-Star team last season for just the second time since 2006. He hit .269 with a career-low eight home runs in 134 games. Wright even had 14 home runs in 69 games as a rookie in 2004.


Wright: 'I'm 100 percent confident I will be physically ready to go'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright, who was plagued by a left shoulder injury for a good portion of the 2014 season, is swinging a bat again pain-free and is happy with the progress he is making after missing the final weeks of the season.

"I feel really good," Wright told the New York Post. "I’m 100 percent confident that I will be physically ready to go."

Wright, whose injury was diagnosed as a rotator cuff contusion, failed to make the All-Star team last season for just the second time since 2006. He hit .269 with a career-low eight home runs in 134 games. Wright even had 14 home runs in 69 games as a rookie in 2004.

"For me, personally, last year sucked," Wright said. "When you have a passion for something and you fail at it, I want to make sure that never happens again. If I do what I’m capable of doing, we’re a different lineup.

"I feel good. Now it’s just a matter of me trying to get my left shoulder on a par with my right shoulder, just strength-wise. I feel pain-free, which is good, feel like the shoulder is healthy, and now it is just a matter of building up that strength."


Collins doesn't want David Wright pressing to hit HRs at Citi Field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday he hopes third baseman David Wright doesn't change his approach at the plate even though the fences are being moved in at Citi Field.

"I just hope guys don't get caught up in trying to change too much," Collins said, per NJ.com. "I don't want to give David Wright a chance to hit home runs. I want David Wright to be a good hitter. As I told him, when he's swinging a bat good, he's dangerous. I'll take some balls off the wall."

Wright hit just eight home runs in 134 games last season. He has just 46 home runs and a .452 slugging percentage in 399 games at Citi Field since 2009.


Mets' Wright making 'significant improvement' with shoulder injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday third baseman David Wright is in Florida rehabbing his shoulder and has progressed to weight training, according to the New York Daily News.

Wright checked in with MLB Network Radio Thursday to also update his status.

"It's feeling good," he said of his shoulder. "I had an MRI last week, and there's significant improvement. That's a good sign. I've worked hard."


Report: Ailing shoulder coming along well for Mets 3B Wright


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright has made significant progress with his ailing shoulder, per the New York Post, which is further reporting that surgery should be unnecessary.

Wright is coming off his worst season, including a miserable second half in which he was sidelined for the last three weeks. All his numbers were career-lows, including his stat line of .269/.324/.374, as well as his eight home runs.


David Wright 'optimistic' about Mets' outlook in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright is pretty optimistic about New York's outlook in 2015, according to NJ.com.

"We're obviously going to look to better the team this offseason, whether it's through trades or free agency," Wright said during an interview with ESPN Radio Wednesday. "We should be ready to roll come spring training because I'm sure expectations are going to be fairly high on us and expectations on ourselves should be high.

"There's a lot of positives looking forward to next year. Obviously I'm optimistic and Mets fans should be optimistic but we have to go out there and prove it now."


Mets 3B David Wright happy with rehab from shoulder injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright has expressed satisfaction in an interview with ESPN Radio about his rehab from a shoulder injury that wiped out his last month of the season.

The shoulder bothered him through the summer and resulted in an uncharacteristically poor numbers. His rehab is scheduled to be completed around Nov. 1.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Wright said. "I'm excited to finish this six-week rehab program ... and go hopefully clear to start my normal offseason routine. The motivation for me is to be healthy first and foremost."

Wright finished 2014 with a .269 average and just eight home runs.


David Wright confirms ligament damage in shoulder


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Mets veteran third baseman David Wright has confirmed to ESPN that he has "weak" and "stretched-out" ligaments in his non-throwing shoulder. He has been out since since Sept. 8 with rotator cuff inflammation.

Wright is on a six-week strengthening program he hopes will allow him to avoid surgery. But going under the knife, which would require nearly four months of recoery time, remains a possibility if pain persists. He plans on testing his shoulder by hitting around Nov. 1.


David Wright to miss remainder of season with shoulder issues


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright will miss the remainder of the season due to persistent inflammation in the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.

Wright underwent an MRI Tuesday, and while he will not require surgery on the injured shoulder, he will rest until the inflammation recedes before undergoing a rehabilitation program. He ends the season with a .269/.324/.374 line along with eight home runs, 63 RBI and eight stolen bases in 535 at-bats.


David Wright getting shoulder check out, not in lineup Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies, as his left shoulder continues to cause him problems.

Wright has been trying to play through this shoulder issue since June, and the team announced he is set to have the shoulder checked out again Tuesday. At this point, his status moving forward is not yet known. 


David Wright heating up and gaining confidence at the plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) A mini-tear has Mets embattled third baseman David Wright optimistic again.

Wright has six hits and six RBI in his last 13 at-bats. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles in the Tuesday night win in Miami. Not bad considering his last multi-hit game was on Aug. 13 and that he had been dealing with a neck ailment. He has still not homered since July 11.

"The questions that are coming his way is where's the power," Terry Collins told NJ.com after the Tuesday night game. "Where's the extra-base hits. He's human too even though he is who he is. He's got feelings and knows he's got to contribute. When you have games like tonight you gotta feel good about it. You say, 'Hey, I'm coming back.'"

Wright concurs.

"It's nice to feel comfortable," he said. "It's nice to feel dangerous."


David Wright finds his way back into the lineup Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright was in the team's starting lineup Thursday.

Wright has been dealing with a neck injury, but was able to take batting practice Thursday. He missed three days due to the issue. Wright is hitting .266/.324/.368 over 489 at-bats.


David Wright expected to return Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright may play Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal

Wright took batting practice Thursday, and felt better following the session. Wright has been out since August 24 with a neck issue. 


David Wright could return to lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright may be able to return to the starting lineup Thursday, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Wright has been sidelined since Sunday due to a neck injury, but he underwent extensive treatment Tuesday and was able to take batting practice Wednesday. He has hit .266/.324/.368 with eight home runs, 56 RBI and six stolen bases in 489 at-bats.


David Wright, Daniel Murphy still absent from Mets lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Top Mets hitters David Wright and Daniel Murphy remain out Wednesday for the game against Atlanta. The former is dealing with a neck ailment while the latter is sidelined with a calf injury.

Neither has played since Sunday.


David Wright: Shoulder problem not reason from slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright has responded to those who believe he has been negatively affected by a left shoulder problem that has plagued him since early summer. He added that it will remain a problem until he receives offseason rest.

Wright, however, refused to blame the ailment for a miserable year at the plate that has resulted in a stat line of ..266/.324/.368 with just eight home runs. He has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats and was forced to sit Tuesday.

"Is [the shoulder] the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling?" Wright asked Newsday. "No. So, I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly."

Wright has also been dealing with an unrelated neck injury.


Neck issue keeps David Wright out Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Braves, due to ongoing issues with his neck.

Wright originally left Sunday's game with muscle spasms in the neck, and Monday's team off-day was not enough to get him back to full health. He remains day to day at this point.


Shoulder still hampering David Wright


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014)  Mets third baseman David Wright is still dealing with issues with his left shoulder, hitting coach Lamar Johnson admitted to the New York Daily News Monday.

"When your shoulder is hurt, it's really tough," Johnson told Metsblog. "It's hurt in his left shoulder and that's where your swing starts, with your left side, your left hand getting to the ball. It's been tough because he's been trying to play through that. It's just been a real tough haul because it's hard to get a consistent swing when you're in pain."


Wright, who is also dealing with a neck injury that forced him out of Sunday's game, has struggled mightily recently. He has just eight home runs on the season. He is in the midst of a 143 at-bat homerless streak currently, but has maintained that the shoulder is not an issue.

Wright injured the shoulder in June and has tried to find his swing since. The extent of the neck injury is not yet known. 


David Wright exits game with neck muscle spasm


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright was removed from Sunday's game due to a muscle spasm on the side of his neck, the team announced.

Wright dealt with shoulder soreness last weekend before developing the new injury Sunday. He went 1 for 2 for a run scored before exiting. Wright has hit .266/.324/.368 with eight home runs, 56 RBI and six stolen bases in 489 at-bats.