David Wright Could Return To Mets’ Red-Hot Lineup By Mid-July

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Like the Mets need more offense?

David Wright, on the mend from a stress fracture in his lower back, could be ready for a rehab assignment in “seven, eight days,” Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday.

“I talked to David this afternoon, after he was done with his rehab,” the Collins said. “He said he feels absolutely great.”

Collins said Wright took swings in a pool on Wednesday and plans to hit off a tee Thursday.

That puts Wright on pace to return shortly after the All-Star break.

Wright, batting .226 on the season, is missing one heck of a hot streak.

The Mets scored at least 14 runs for the third time in four games, including Tuesday night’s 14-3 victory over Detroit. It was another football score Wednesday: 16-9.

The Tigers haven’t been the only team struggling to stop the Mets. New York set a team record by scoring 52 runs in a four-game span. They have 69 hits during their spree.

Miguel Cabrera hit two of Detroit’s five homers. The Mets romped despite not hitting any home runs.

The Mets scored 50 runs in four games from June 12-15, 1990, according to STATS, LLC. It was the first time since 2007 a team won despite being outhomered by at least five, according to STATS — Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 15-8 on Aug. 28 of that year, despite hitting only one home run to Baltimore’s six.

“It’s been unbelievable,” outfielder Angel Pagan said. “Obviously, right now, this is the best baseball we’ve played.”

Will the Mets continue to surge in Wright’s absence? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Stephen Luftschein

    As for those “statistics” Man on 3rd less than 2 outs he’s hitting .412 for his career.
    BA with bases empty? .302 slugging? .505 home runs? 89
    Runners on? .301 slugging .519 home runs 86 (in 100 less AB’s)

    Is he the greatest clutch hitter of all time? No, but Mets’ fans sadly don’t get it.

    During the two collapses Wright and Beltran did everything they could to carry this team and both have gotten bum wraps.

  • miichael

    Wright is not clutch and strikes out to much exactly what we don’t need he is so overrated

  • Keep The Mets

    Sorry Kim, but while Wright’s statistics the past few years show that he is a good player, most of his rbi’s come after the Mets already have a comfortable lead, or when they are far behind. Same for home runs. He just does not get clutch hits. It is a fact, if you don’t believe it, then look it up. They keep these kinds of statistics. Also, look at how many times he strikes out. It is abysmal. I am a fan, but the stats speak for themselves.

    • miichael

      Your WRIGHT on he is so overrated and gets way to much attention

  • Sruli Zwick

    This team has been great in the clutch, Wright is not good in clutch situations. I do not look forward to his return to the lineup. He can take his multitude of strikeouts to the bench.

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      To be fair, they’re playing better than David was with a stress fracture. When he comes back, hypothetically, no more stress fracture, and he’s David Wright again.

  • Keep The Mets

    Why is it that every time a star player is on the DL, and the team is playing extremely well without him, that he is immediately inserted back into the lineup upon his return. I don’t care who the player is (Wright, Jeter, etc) or how much that player is making. David Wright is a good player, but his replacements are playing better than he was so far this year. Until they start to falter, don’t disrupt the current chemistry on the Mets.

    • Lou

      To be fair, they’re playing better than David was with a stress fracture. When he comes back, hypothetically, no more stress fracture, and he’s David Wright again.

      I love how Turner, Murphy, and Tejada have held down the fort, but when Wright’s back, he has to play. Wright to 3B, Murphy stay’s at 1B, and Turner and Tejada split time at 2B. It’s a shame they’re both righties and neither can play 1B, b/c otherwise they could straight-platoon 2B or 1B.

      • Kim

        Finally some sense! How does anyone not see getting a healthy David Wright back after the all-star break is like the equivalent of making a trade for a star player?? The man played for a month with a broken back and that clearly effected his offense. Please don’t compare what Murphy and Turner have done in a couple of months to the kind of proven player Wright has been over the course of his career. That’s just comparing apples and oranges!

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