NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s reason for Mets fans to be concerned about David Wright, says ex-Met and broadcaster Keith Hernandez.
Hernandez appeared on Mike Francesa’s WFAN show Monday and was asked about Wright, who went 0-for-4 in Sunday night’s season opening loss to Kansas City.
Battling spinal stenosis, Wright played in just 38 regular-season games last season. The team is trying to manage his workload this season in an effort to get the most games out of him while trying to ensure the 33-year-old captain is going strong by the postseason.
“I would love to get 120, 130 game out of him. I don’t know. I haven’t got a crystal ball,” said Hernandez, part of SNY’s Mets broadcast team. “With his physical health — his back, that spinal stenosis — I am more concerned with how long his swing is, and this is something that has not just happened now. It has, when David earlier in his career, when he came up, had a very compact swing, line-drive hitter, and then he started hitting those 30 home runs, and I said it on the air, ‘He’s starting to get long with that swing.’ And I go, ‘You’re going to get in a bad habit, and it’s going to be hard to come out of.’
“And I think it has come to full circle right now, and I think probably the spinal stenosis has probably exacerbated it. But it’s pretty apparent — and it’s only one game — but we saw it last year, we saw it creeping the last couple of years that he cannot get that barrel out on anybody that’s got a little mustard on a fastball.”
Listen to the full interview by clicking on the audio player above.