David Wright is still a long way from returning to the New York Mets, but his rehab begins on Sunday. If he does return to MLB, the Captain will carry a six-game hitting streak with him.
David Wright begins his rehab stint in Port St. Lucie Sunday in a noble and long-awaited return to action. The Captain hasn’t played a big league game for the New York Mets in over two years, last taking the field in a 6-5 win at Citi Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 27, 2016.
While the frequent injuries he suffered in recent years make us believe he limped onto the disabled list, the truth is different. His last few games with the Mets had some good at-bats including a late power surge.
Overall, Wright’s May of 2016 was poor. He started off with a .236/.353/.417 batting line, dropping it down to .226/.350/438 before playing his final game.
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A cold streak for the Mets and Wright on the road in the middle of the month had a lot to do with it. Wright struggled in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Colorado. A trip home and a short one in Washington helped him end things with a little more respect.
Wright and the Mets won each of his final five games played. He had a hit in all of them, plus another in the game prior to this winning streak. If he returns to action, he’ll have 50 games to tie Joe DiMaggio‘s hitting streak and 30 to match the Mets’ record held by Moises Alou.
We’ll worry about those records after he gets back onto the 25-man roster.
In addition to the short hit streak, Wright smacked a home run in the last three games he played. It didn’t do much to lift his batting average as he went just 1 for 4 in his final six games played.
The last big league at-bat for Wright is one he would surely like back. On a 3-2 pitch from Dodgers pitcher Louis Coleman, Wright went down looking in the seventh inning. He almost had another chance to bat in the bottom of the ninth, but a Curtis Granderson solo shot to lead off the inning sent the fans home happy. As the grabbed their trains or hopped in their cars, I can’t imagine anyone thought their ticket stub would represent the last game Wright would play.
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This could always change, though. Wright’s rehab is the first step toward a return. Even if it’s a short-lived return to action, Wright represents a better era of Mets baseball than the current team.