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Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:20 am
By Evan Brunell
WrightWhile David Wright's stress fracture won't keep him out for the rest of the season, it appears as if Wright has opened himself to a life of back pain.

“Is he a risk for having recurring pain? Yeah, he’s at risk,” Jeff Goldstein, director of Spine Service at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, told the New York Post.

A stress fracture is essentially a crack in the bone, which is unlikely to ever heal. While Wright could return as soon as his 15 days are up, Arnold Criscitiello, a spine surgeon with Ridgewood (N.J.) Orthopedic Group, said that the better course is to do a 4-to-6 week layoff. The good news is that Wright won't need surgery unless the pain doesn't subside. Usually, rest and physical therapy is enough.

Interestingly enough, Criscitiello wonders if Wright has had this stress fracture for years.

“Chances are, this player as an adult may have had this injury years ago as a kid and never really realized it,” Criscitiello said.

The majority of stress fractures in the area Wright suffered it occur as children, and if it was broken as an adult, they would be in severe pain. Usually, such people are unaware of their injury until it is triggered later in the person's life.

Wright is hitting .226/.337/.404 through 39 games for the Mets. New York is expected to shift second baseman Justin Turner to third base, with Ruben Tejada receiving a promotion to the second-base job in the city until Wright can return.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:47 pm

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:41 am

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:30 am

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

Mooch, while 12 years may always have been a bit too much to hope for, don't be sure that they won't be going up against each other for a few more years, anyway.  The Phillies expect Utley back in the next couple of weeks, and from what the article says Wright may be, as well.  Yes, their injuries may turn out to be chronic.  But they may still be able to play good ball for a while longer. 

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:49 pm

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

A few years ago I sat in Citizen's Bank and thought to myself how great it would be to watch two great young players - Chase Utley and David Wright - compete against one another for 12 years.

Semes like there is less and less of a chance that'll happen.  Too bad.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 6:53 pm

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

The same thing that happened to Wright has happened to me.  I got a stress fracture in my lower back about a year ago from weight lifting and the pain can be really bad.  It sucks, I can't even do lower back work anymore without any pain.  Still to this day it hurts.  It's probably something he can play through, but it still is a lot of pain.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 6:38 pm

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

With Yanks plunging into increasingly lower circles of hell, NYC franchises now have reached a nearly perfect synchrony of SUCKDOM.  Even the NFL teams, while teasingly OK, will never, ever win championships (Tex's foot-in-mouth disease notwithstanding).  I suppose trading their garbage is as good a way as any of keeping the whole system in a stead state of SUCKDOM.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:15 pm

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

Why on earth would the Yankees want to sign an old washed up guy like Beltran?  They never do that.  Just ask Jeter, Posada, Colon and Garcia! Maybe they should trade for Beltran...this way they have a shot of winning more games than the Mets this year...

Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 2:55 pm

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

 Well,I guess the Yankees could use Beltran as a dh,maybe rf if Swisher doesn't get going. I'd give the chance of that happening about 5%. Depends on the price at the trading deadline and if posada is truly finished. More likely Giants who really need a bat,or maybe Tampa. As far as the Yanks I could see them going after Wright if he's healthy and making A-Rod full dh next year.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 2:27 pm

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

I enjoyed the large text and agree with canning Beltran now.  They are not winning the division this year, let alone a WS.  Get value for him now.  Keep Wright, Reyes, Davis, Turner Pridie.  Roll from there...need to revamp pitching staff.  Convert Niese to an OF - guy can rope and run. 

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 2:08 pm

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

What the heck would the Yankees want with Beltran? And replace who? Give me a break. Proof that large letters don't mean anything when it comes to common sense.

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