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Mets captain David Wright resumes throwing program, return still unknown

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The captain is rebuilding his arm strength in hopes of making yet another comeback attempt this season.

Mets third baseman David Wright has restarted his throwing program, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post. According to Puma, Wright has been soft tossing since Friday, and is working on getting some of that arm strength he’s lost after being diagnosed with a shoulder impingement over a month ago.

While the fact that he’s able to even pick up a baseball and throw it lightly is a good sign, Wright is still a long ways away from returning to the field.

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We’ve been told his back is still holding up well, and he’s able to swing a bat, and even field with no pain or discomfort, but throwing is a really big part of being in the hot corner in the infield.

For now, there’s no timetable set for Wright’s return, but should this first step in his throwing program go well, we may hear more details about how long it could possibly take the Mets captain to return.

Wright’s absence is definitely being felt early on too. With Jose Reyes struggling so much in the first week of the season, having the captain still on the sidelines hurts.

It’ll be interesting to see what the Mets’ approach is at third if Reyes is unable to get it going as well. Do they keep being patient with him in hopes that he’ll be able to channel some of that talent from last year, or do they try to look to a guy like Wilmer Flores as an everyday player in that slot?

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Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson will definitely have some important decisions to make, but if they could David Wright back in a few weeks, it might change the entire dynamic of any decisions they consider.

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