As most people know by now, Mets third baseman David Wright was just put on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion after getting beaned in the head Saturday afternoon by a 94-mph fastball from Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Wright had been the heart and soul of the Mets this season, carrying the team on his back at times and almost single-handedly keeping them on the edges of contention for at least a little while, even after injuries decimated the squad and often left Wright as the only recognizable name in the lineup.
However, given the long lingering after-effects of concussions, and the damage the Mets did to Ryan Church last year in trying to rush him back from two separate concussions, some people are calling for the Mets to shut Wright down for the rest of the season, especially given that the Mets have no chance of making the playoffs.
But Wright himself is adamant that he will return to the playing field this year, and is aiming to be back on the field by September 1, the first day he is eligible. Wright’s manager Jerry Manuel has also repeatedly made comments suggesting that Wright is a special player who can somehow magically come back from concussions sooner than others. Wright himself even went so far as to say he was “embarrassed” by his first trip to the DL, that’s how much pride he takes in his own durability.
So you make the call. Assuming that doctors give Wright a clean bill of health and clear him to return to play, should the Mets let him back into a ballgame this year, even though they have no chance of reaching the postseason?