David Wright pacing for a return next week, but not as an everyday player
The Mets have waited more than four months for David Wright to return to the club, and it appears he will return early next week against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
But Wright won’t be the club’s everyday third baseman initially, Terry Collins said on Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore.
The manager said Wright will need to prove his back issues are in the past and his strength and stamina could withstand the trials of everyday play.
Collins said that may not be the case until 2016.
“He certainly won’t be that everyday guy until we know his back is 100 percent & that may not be until next spring,” Collins explained n Wednesday.
That’s not necessarily a surprise, and Wright himself has said he doesn’t want to be a burden on the team if he isn’t capable of providing a positive contribution. He hasn’t played at all for the most part this season, and so it’s inevitable stamina will be an issue, as will rust. It’s also fair to question what Wright is going to be going forward with this condition.
Easing him back into an everyday role as he learns to deal with the obstacles he’s sure to encounter is definitely the best course of action for both him and the team.
Besides, the Mets have plenty of options at third base to afford Wright the rest he will probably need in the short-term. They’re not depending on him to be what he was right now – they need him to just do what he can to help and contribute, and if he can be like the Wright of old, it’s even better.
And just having him back in that clubhouse and around the team every day is a positive itself.
Wright is 4-for-15 with five walks and two runs scored in five rehab games with Single-A St. Lucie. He is expected to spend the entire duration of his assignment with St. Lucie.
He has been on the disabled list since April 15. He’s on the 60-day disabled list, so the Mets will need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate Wright when they activate him.
10:35 pm: Wright went 2-for-5 with a strikeout and two runs scored in St. Lucie’s 6-5 win over Bradenton on Wednesday night. He is now 6-for-20 during his rehab assignment.