Sunday, May 24, 2015


 I didn't want to see the OPERATION WRIGHT: Injury Chart again, especially so soon. I expected to be commenting on David's return. But the Mets All-Star third baseman has suffered another set-back.

David Wright has been diagnosed with lumbar (lower back) spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine. This narrowing causes a restriction to the spinal canal, resulting in a neurological deficit. Symptoms include pain, numbness, paraesthesia, and loss of motor control.

There are several types of spinal stenosis. Lumbar spinal stenosis is more common than others. In lumbar stenosis, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed which can lead to symptoms of sciatica (tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates from the low back and into the buttocks and legs).

According to wikipedia the use of non surgical treatments is unclear as they have not been well studied. If surgery is necessary Wright will undergo a lumbar decompressive laminectomy which involves removing the roof of bone overlying the spinal canal and thickened ligaments in order to decompress the nerves and sac of nerves. 70-90% of people have good results.

As of this writing the prognosis is rest and as a result David has again been shut down during re-hab. The Mets & the medical folk say there is nothing to worry about. They say he will be rested for a week and then re-examined, that all he needs is additional time.

As a fan of the Mets I am very worried. This ailment ended Lenny Dykstra's baseball career and it is a serious matter. We have been told that this injury has nothing to do with Wright's stress fracture to his spine in 2011. This is reassuring but does not alleviate the severity of this recent development.

Recall how the great Don Mattingly's career went south due to back problems. That parallel scares me and I don't even want to think about it. So yes, I'm worried about Wright's future. Hopefully the next time I make a post dealing with David it'll be to comment on his awesome comeback. Get well Wright.


Mets Season Set

One card has been added to the season set. On May 16 New York rolled all over the Milwaukee Brewers in a 14-1 beatdown. The Mets scored 10 runs in the 4th inning, one shy of the team record.

 The Mets had lost five games in a row prior to the offensive explosion. During those five games the team had scored a total of ten runs.

The Mets manager slotted  Wilmer Flores, New York's top home run hitter with 5, last in the batting order and batted his pitcher eighth for the third time this season. New York's top home run hitter had not been ninth in the order since April 30, 1967, in a doubleheader opener at Cincinnati. Don Cardwell, New York's starting pitcher that day, was in a seven-way tie for the Mets' home run lead with one. Flores became the Mets' first outright home run leader to hit ninth and his 6th long ball ties him for his career high for home runs in a season. DeGrom was 3-for-3 with three singles -- including two in the big inning. He became only the second pitcher since at least 1914 to have three hits in the No. 8 hole.

New York tied the record for runs by a team at Citi Field and had a season-high 16 hits. Their 10-run inning is the most runs they've scored in an inning since July 16, 2006.

Cutting down on his stride, Jacob deGrom (4-4) limited the Brewers to five hits in six innings, giving up his only run on Ryan Braun's sixth-inning sacrifice fly. He was 9-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last 11 home starts.


All information regarding spinal stenosis is from wikipedia.
Text for 10 run inning from ESPN News Services
Lenny Dykstra•Nailed- Zvon93

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