David Wright has completed his rehab assignment and will rejoin the Mets in time for Friday's game vs Florida
Well, technically it was a stress fracture in his back, which isn't quite as dramatic, and Wright ended up missing just over two months. Before going on the DL, Wright was struggling, hitting .190/.358/.310 in May, which is sort of like Eddie Gaedel without the power.
But he's a better hitter than that, and the Mets have been starting both Dan Murphy (who has been doing well) and Justin Turner (not so much) in the infield in Wright's absence. With the All-Star third baseman coming back, Murphy will likely move over to second, leaving Turner on the bench. But, really, there are a lot of options that the Mets can play around with, including putting Murphy at first and Lucas Duda in left, as they're doing on Friday night.
Mets manager Terry Collins said the Mets are looking toward the weekend as the return date for their third baseman. He also said before Monday’s game that Wright should play a full nine innings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Most indications now are that Wright will return to the Mets’ lineup on Friday when they travel to Miami to begin a three-game series with the Marlins. The Mets dropped a rainout-makeup game to the Marlins Monday in New York to fall a game under .500, but still hope to make up ground in the wild-card race. They currently trail the leading Braves in that race by 9.5 games.
Mets third baseman David Wright has been on the disabled list since the middle of May due to a stress fracture in his back, sustained during an on-field dive. Initially it didn't look like he'd miss too much time, but he was put on the DL, and then an examination in early June revealed that his back wasn't healing as quickly as everyone hoped it would.
After that exam, Wright was scheduled for another later in the month. He just had that exam, and this one went much better. David Lennon:
David Wright has been cleared to resume baseball activities, so maybe he's another 2-plus weeks away.
Wright's back, clearly, has made a lot of progress. He's been participating in some very limited workouts lately, and now he's been cleared to up the intensity, so a return to the Mets is not far off. Barring a setback, Wright could be in the lineup before the All-Star break.
Wright owns a .741 OPS on the season. Without him, the Mets have leaned primarily on Justin Turner, who's done a fine job as a fill-in, but he's no David Wright, so there are better days ahead.
We learned on Monday that Mets third baseman David Wright had a stress fracture in his back, resulting from a diving attempt to tag Carlos Lee back in April. The Mets were hesitant to place Wright on the disabled list right away, but on Tuesday, they made the expected move.
The plan now is for Wright to rest for about a week and a half before resuming baseball activities. With such a long break, it didn't make sense to keep him on the active roster. The expectation is that he'll be well enough to return within two or three weeks, although with injuries of this nature you can never be certain.
Nick Evans has been recalled to take Wright's place on the roster. Evans has batted just .248 in the early going with AAA Buffalo, but also has 225 plate appearances worth of decent Major League experience. But Evans figures as a utility infielder. Before Tuesday night's game was postponed, Ruben Tejada was in the lineup at second base, with Justin Turner shifting to third. And Willie Harris figures to be in the mix at third base, too.
Back on April 19, Mets third baseman David Wright attempted to make a diving tag of Carlos Lee. He injured his back on the play, and it's bothered him off and on ever since. Monday, Wright was not included in the Mets' starting lineup, and according to general manager Sandy Alderson, it's because of his back. Via Amy K. Nelson:
Sandy Alderson says David Wright had MRI on his back, tentative diagnosis stress fracture in his lower back. getting 2nd opinion...
The interesting thing is that, while "stress fracture in his lower back" sounds really severe, this injury may not require a trip to the disabled list. The Mets are waiting on that second opinion, and for now he remains on the active roster. The hope is that he'll only need about a week and a half of rest. But Alderson admits that he's at least a little afraid of the injury lingering, and the DL is obviously a possibility.
Wright owns a .741 OPS on the year with six home runs. His numbers have actually gotten better since the date of his injury, which comes as a surprise. For as long as he's out, expect to see a fair amount of Willie Harris at third base.