Mets’ David Wright still on track to return Monday

By Danny Abriano

David Wright remains on pace to return to the Mets on Monday when the team begins a four-game series in Philadelphia.

Wright began a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on August 10, and has gone 6-for-20 (.300) with five walks in six games, playing back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The last two games Wright played were full games at third base.

Wright has been out since mid-April — first due to a hamstring injury and then due to spinal stenosis, which has kept him out for over three months.

Both Wright and the club have maintained since the injury was diagnosed that it was expected that he would return this season, and it seems like that return date will be August 24.

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While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Wright would not be an every day player upon his return. Wright will first have to show that he’s 100 percent before being a fixture in the lineup.


No one has any idea the type of production the Mets will get from Wright when he returns, but the fact that he’ll get to participate in a pennant race in late-August is great.

Along with Daniel Murphy, Wright is the other Mets player remaining from the 2008 club, which was the last one with legitimate postseason aspirations late in the season.

After experiencing near-euphoria in 2006, Wright has said repeatedly that he’s itching to experience that again, and it appears that he’ll get that chance. Over the last few weeks, Citi Field has become a different place, and it will be a new animal for Wright when he hears the roar of the crowd from the field instead of the dugout.

As far as who sits when Wright returns, that will likely be Juan Uribe, who is 4 for his last 37 and is basically limited to third base.