NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Ever since David Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring on August 3, he’s made it clear that he intends to return before the 2013 season concludes.
A month-and-a-half later, with the Mets playing meaningless September games for the fifth consecutive season, the captain is close to getting back on the field.
But he’s not quite there yet.
Manager Terry Collins said that the superstar third baseman will likely miss the remainder of New York’s series with the Giants, according to the team’s official website.
“He’s been a little stiff,” Collins told reporters on Tuesday. “The day off (on Monday) really helped him. He felt great today. He looked great today. We talked the other day and we feel that under the circumstances, he’s not ready to go just yet.”
After New York’s series with San Francisco concludes on Thursday, the club will have 10 games remaining on its schedule.
The seven-time All-Star ran the bases last week and took live batting practice for the first time this past Saturday. He has a chance to play against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park this weekend. It all depends on how he feels after taking part in drills on back-to-back days, according to Mets.com.
“I think David is going to play; you’re going to see him back on the field before the season’s over,” Collins said. “I think it’s going to be important for David to know he’s 100 percent healthy, and I think it’s important for our team, for our organization and our fan base to know, ‘Hey look, our star is going to be OK when it comes spring.’”
Wright is batting .309 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs in 105 games for the Mets this season. He’s posted an impressive .391 on-base percentage, ripped 23 doubles and drawn 52 walks.
The 30-year-old was selected to the National League All-Star team this summer.
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