Mets: David Wright to play third base with St. Lucie on Friday night

By JT. Teran
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: David Wright
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: David Wright /

The captain will be manning the hot corner with St. Lucie on Friday night

It’ll be David Wright‘s first game on the field since May 27, 2016, and we could not be more excited for him. After battling through multiple injuries, the captain will at his natural position in a professional baseball game on Friday.

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This will be Wright’s second rehab game after playing on Tuesday with St. Lucie as a designated hitter. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in that first appearance.

Wednesday’s game was rained out, and because the weather was still kind of ugly in Florida, the team opted to not play Wright in either game of Thursday’s doubleheader.

That will change this next game though, and we’ll get to see (hopefully) how Wright’s arm behaves when he needs to make throws across the diamond. Throwing has been the issue this entire season, so if he can finally overcome that hurdle, it’ll be huge for him.

Since being diagnosed with an impingement in his right shoulder back in February, Wright has had to shut down his throwing program multiple times over the past few months. It looks like this time he’s finally somewhat pain-free, and should be good enough to play.

The Mets are expecting Wright to play five innings out on the field in this game, which is pretty reasonable as a first step.

Wright has dealt with the aftereffects of spinal stenosis, neck surgery to repair a herniated disc, and the aforementioned impingement in his shoulder.