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New York Mets’ David Wright to undergo neck surgery; hopes to ‘get back on the field as soon as I can’

Posted: 11:32 AM, Jun 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-16 11:47:28-04

NEW YORK — New York Mets third baseman David Wright will have surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

David Wright #5 the New York Mets looks on during a game against the Chicago White Sox 2-1 at Citi Field on June 1, 2016, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

David Wright #5 the New York Mets looks on during a game against the Chicago White Sox 2-1 at Citi Field on June 1, 2016, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The Mets announced he’ll have the operation on Thursday in Marina del Rey, California. The decision to proceed with surgery was made after weeks of tests, rest and anti-inflammatory injections.

Wright says in a statement that his “neck simply did not respond to any of the treatments of the past few weeks.” He says while it’s frustrating, he’s “determined to make a full recovery and get back on the field as soon as I can to help the Mets win.”

The team says Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the surgery. He has worked in collaboration with Wright and the Mets medical staff in developing a plan for Wright’s care.

Wright was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 30.

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