New York Mets' David Wright iffy for Opening Day with shoulder impingement

Wright is now unable to throw and "questionable" for opening day, Alderson said.

David Wright's status for Opening Day is up in the air after the Mets third baseman was diagnosed with an impingement in his right shoulder, NY general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday.

Another baseball season is upon us, and unfortunately, so is another David Wright injury.

Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column, in May 2015, and was sidelined more than four months of that season. Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a chronic back ailment, in 2015 and underwent surgery to fix a herniated disk in his neck last June. "That's the area that was affected from the surgery, kind of your neck and shoulder area". Wright played 37 games last season after appearing in 38 the year before.

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The Mets have some infield flexibility in Wright's absence, with Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores taking the bulk of reps at third base a year ago. He will be re-evaluated after the two weeks, and could be a designated hitter then.

His injury all but ensures Jose Reyes will open the season as the Mets' third baseman.

Last season, Wright hit.226 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs. The Mets don't play in an American League ballpark until June 6.

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