Wright hit. 333 in those games with one home run and four RBIs and the Mets are hoping he can contribute right away.
Wright has played in only eight games this season while dealing with back and shoulder issues and he is finally ready to return. Washington is set to get leadoff man Denard Span back on Tuesday, which could make the race far more interesting to watch down the stretch – the Nationals are 34-23 this season with Span in the lineup. The Mets are skipping Harvey’s turn in the rotation to keep him rested in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. While the latter two are now slated as the starting first second baseman, respectively, the club has the depth to replace and shift either of them if need be.
Juan Uribe has filled in nicely since arriving in New York, although his batting line suggests otherwise.
Wright’s first test will come on Monday night against Philadelphia and he’ll rejoin the Mets amidst their push for the postseason, where he and the team haven’t been since 2006. “He looks good. He’s feeling good”.
In eight rehab assignment games, Wright went 9-for-28 with Class A St. Lucie.
“I think the players are looking forward to it”, Mackanin said.
Though Wright will not return as an everyday player for manager Terry Collins, the heart and soul of the Mets can boost the moral in the clubhouse will his presence alone if not his play.
After a long, seven-week stint on the DL, Wright was scheduled to return on September 20 in Philadelphia, a fitting scene considering his success at Citizens Bank Park.
“He’ll have something to say about that”, Collins said. Expecting that Wright will be his old All Star self right off the bat is foolish, but getting him back in the mix is a huge upgrade for the whole lineup.
Uribe and Johnson have helped the younger guys on the team compete and act like quality major leaguers, but Wright is truly the heart and soul of the organization. “Hopefully all goes well, hopefully we win, and then I’ll do the same thing tomorrow”. Maybe. He probably won’t play four in a row.