David Wright addressed the media for the first time since his concussion on Saturday.
He acknowledged the terror of a pitch coming at his head, and knowing that he had no chance of getting out of the way. He does not believe that he lost consciousness while on the field, but admits to being dazed and scared.
The pain in his head has been pretty bad, but he maintains that the headaches are getting better, and he did not seem bothered by the lights and noise, which is a good sign that the concussion was not severe.
Wright is eligible to come off of the Disabled List on Aug. 31. He is making it known that he has every intention of doing everything possible to return to the active roster as soon as he is eligible.
In addition to having lingering groin problems and a season long strain behind his knee, Wright played with flu symptoms immediately prior to going on the DL.
This time of forced rest should help his entire body to heal and not just the concussion symptoms. It should also help him come to grips on how to take care of himself to avoid further injury.
The Mets' management has been and will continue to be in contact with the neurologist who treated Wright in the hospital this weekend. They did not want to put him on the DL for obvious reasons, but the doctors knew that he would need the 15 days to fully recover from the concussion.
In order to begin any physical activity, medical clearance will be required. Wright will be undergoing a concussion test to check his motor skills and reaction time, the grade of concussion will also be measured.
The recovery process will likely take longer than they would like, but they have to proceed with caution. Wright is as tough as it gets, and wants to get back in action as quickly as possible, but the doctors and medical staff will need to gauge his progress and pace him accordingly.
The Mets are now in the position of being spoilers, no longer in postseason contention. As some of the other injured players working their way back to active duty, some of the pressure may come off Wright and he can take his time and make sure that he did not suffer permanent damage.
Wright wants to be a big part of the rest of the season, but his medical limitations could make it harder than he may realize less than a week after being hit by a 94 mph fastball.