A month after an operation on his right shoulder, Mets third baseman David Wright underwent lower back surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles, adding yet another hurdle in his long road to recovery.
The Mets unexpectedly announced the operation, called a laminotomy. It is to alleviate pressure in Wright’s back, which is afflicted by stenosis, a chronic narrowing of the spinal canal.
Wright, 34, has not played in a major league game since May 2016, and underwent neck surgery later that season. This spring training, he struggled to throw, a lingering effect of the previous procedure to fix the herniated disc in his neck.
After an unsuccessful rehabilitation, Wright had an operation to fix his right rotator cuff in early September. He vowed then to make a full recovery, which he reiterated in Thursday’s announcement.