NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Despite a lost weekend in which they were swept by the Pirates at Citi Field, the Mets remain 4 1/2 games ahead of the struggling Nationals in the National League East.

New York dropped three straight from Friday-Sunday, but didn’t lose any ground in the division as Washington couldn’t get out of its own way in San Francisco.

The Nationals won’t lose forever, and the Mets need to get back on track in a hurry.

It appears that captain David Wright will help them do so in the coming days.

According to ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin, Wright is expected to return to the Mets when they’re in Philadelphia next week.

The Amazin’s are beginning a two-game series in Baltimore on Tuesday, and then they’ll travel to Denver for a weekend set against the Rockies at Coors Field.

On Monday New York will open a four-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Assuming the third baseman suffers no setbacks, he’ll rejoin the team then.

The seven-time All-Star, who has been dealing with spinal stenosis in his lower back, has played four rehab games with Class A St. Lucie. He’s gone 4-for-14 with two walks and three strikeouts in Florida.

Wright has also committed two errors in three games at third base.

Rubin reports that the 32-year-old is expected to stay with St. Lucie — as opposed to moving up the minor league ladder — for the duration of his rehab assignment.

Wright hasn’t played for the Mets since April 14. Prior to getting injured, he went 11-for-33 with a homer and four RBIs in eight games.

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