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Mets’ David Wright Still Out, Not In Lineup For Friday’s Opener Against Phillies

David Wright (credit: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

David Wright (credit: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) - Mets third baseman David Wright isn’t on the disabled list — yet. But he won’t be on the field on Friday night, either.

New York announced its lineup for tonight’s game against Philadelphia, and the club’s most feared hitter isn’t in it. Wright remains off the field with a fractured right pinkie.

Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters Friday that Wright will test his swing again on Saturday. If there’s no improvement a stint on the DL is a strong possibly.

Prior to Friday’s contest, Wright was seen taking grounders at third base during batting practice at Citizens Bank Park. He then retreated to the back of the cage to watch his teammates take batting practice.

The five-time All Star jammed the fifth finger of his right hand diving back into first base in Monday night’s win against the Nationals, keeping him off the field for the next two games. New York lost both of those contests, scoring just two runs in the process. An X-ray revealed that Wright had a small fracture, and speculation arose about a potential disabled-list stint.

The club announced on Thursday that the slugger’s hand was re-evaluated by a hand specialist in New York. The specialist told Wright that he can resume baseball activities, but New York opted to keep him on the bench for at least one more game.

Prior to injuring himself, Wright was off to a blazing hot start to the season, going 7-for-12 with a homer and four RBIs in four games.

Justin Turner will get the start at third base on Friday night in Wright’s absence.

Do you think Wright will return this weekend, or will he eventually land on the disabled list? Sound off with your comments below…