Mets’ David Wright to return to lineup Monday against Phillies

By Kenny DeJohn

Rejoice, Mets fans. Your captain is back.

Manager Terry Collins confirmed before Sunday’s game against the Rockies that third baseman David Wright will return on Monday, Aug. 24, against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Wright has been on the disabled list since April 14 after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis. But his lower back appears to be fine after hitting .321 during an eight-game rehab assignment.

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Collins is adamant about not making Wright an everyday player from the start, which is the correct move given the severity of his injury and depth on the roster. Depth was an issue when Wright went down, but the additions of Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, coupled with the versatility of Daniel Murphy, have quelled those problems.


The Mets have been playing great baseball since the All-Star break, making the need for Wright seem less than it really is. Sure, the on-field product has been exceptional. But the Mets need Wright for his clubhouse leadership and playoff experience.

Uribe and Johnson have helped the younger guys on the team compete and act like quality major leaguers, but Wright is truly the heart and soul of the organization. Even if he isn’t his former self upon return, his presence alone is enough to spark the team and the fans.

Expect Wright to play four days a week, though that could change when the Mets play in American League parks and the designated hitter is in effect.

Michael Conforto will probably be the man getting the boot with Wright returning, but you can bet on seeing the young outfielder back in Queens in September when the rosters expand.