New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who missed 60 games last year with a stress fracture in his back, has been diagnosed with a torn rectus abdominis muscle. Despite the injury, he claims he’ll be ready for Opening Day.
Wright initially was hurt before games started this spring. He thought the injury was a muscle strain, but an MRI told him otherwise. Wright got a cortisone shot in Manhattan on Monday, and expects to resume some limited activities in camp tomorrow.
A torn rectus abdominis muscle is the same injury suffered by Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmermann last year. Like Wright, Zimmerman attempted rehab on the muscle tear, but was forced to undergo surgery. Zimmerman would miss 61 games last year.
It’s a little ironic that I just wrote about whether or not the Mets should build around Wright, and sure enough, he goes out and gets hurt again. Even if Wright is ready for Opening Day, this injury can just be added to his catalog of them, and is another mark against the Mets exercising their option on him for the 2013 season.