Mets activate David Wright, promote Jack Leathersich, place him on 60-day disabled list
At long last, the Mets activated David Wright on from the 60-day disabled list on Monday afternoon, and he will start at third base for the club on Monday night against the Phillies.
On Sunday, the Mets optioned LHP Dario Alvarez back to Las Vegas, a day after recalling him from the minor leagues.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Wright, the Mets promoted Jack Leathersich and placed him on the 60-day disabled list.
Wright has been on the disabled lis since April 15 after straining his hamstring sliding into second base against the Phillies. He was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis in his lumbar spine, which is the narrowing of the spinal column in the lower back.
He had spent the better part of three months in Los Angeles working with Dr. Robert Watkins, a renowned back specialist, in an attempt to strengthen his lower back and reduce the severity of his symptoms.
He finally began a major league rehab assignment in early August, going 9-for-28 – all singles – while committing three errors at third base with Single-A St. Lucie.
Terry Collins has said Wright will not be the everyday third baseman when he is activated – he will share the third base duties with Juan Uribe, who is expected to spell Wright every three to four days.
Nevertheless, Mets third basemen rank last in the National League in batting average (.234) and OPS (.669) in 2015. So, anything Wright can give them – even on a part time basis – should serve as a dramatic upgrade at the position.
He has played in just eight games in 2015, going 11-for-33 with a home run before he was sidelined in the team’s second home game.
As for Leathersich, it’s not the expected move from the club. He will now earn big league pay and service time while on the major league disabled list, and he will have to be activated and either placed on the active roster or optioned back to the minor league immediately following the World Series.
However, this way they retain all of their players currently on the 40-man roster without having to cut someone for Wright.
And, this is a nice thing they’re doing for Leathersich, who got a raw deal in his first outing back in the minors and something which could have led to his elbow injury.