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After Neck Surgery, Mets’ David Wright Expects to Return ‘as Good as New’

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The Mets’ David Wright in April. “I enjoy what I do, and I plan on continuing to enjoy what I do,” Wright said of playing baseball.

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Because David Wright’s neck was still tender from fusion surgery to fix a herniated disk, he could not sit in the Mets’ dugout on Thursday night. Wright, the 33-year-old Mets captain, is supposed to wear a neck brace when around large crowds or in a car to keep his neck still. He cannot duck away from a foul ball quickly enough, so he watched the game from the bullpen in right field.

“That’ll be my new spot for the foreseeable future,” said Wright, a bandage still on the front of his neck. “At least I get to be in uniform. At least I get to be around the action and get to see it from a different perspective. Maybe I didn’t have as much respect for the bullpen guys as I might have at the end of this.”

Wright has rejoined the Mets, at least for now, but in a different state. When he met with reporters for 20 minutes in a hallway outside the home clubhouse before Friday’s game, a noticeably…

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