PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — David Wright is back with a bang.
Wright returned to the New York Mets’ lineup Monday night after missing more than four months with spinal stenosis. He hit a long home run in his first major league at-bat in 133 days, driving a 1-1 pitch from Adam Morgan into the second deck in left field leading off the second inning.
“When you’re thinking about coming back, and I had a lot of time to think about it, you’re thinking about your first at-bat and what it’s going to feel like and trying to keep your emotions in check,” Wright said after the 16-7 win over Philadelphia. “It couldn’t have been any better for me.”
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The 32-year-old Wright got a standing ovation from Mets fans at Citizens Bank Park when he ran onto the field, a louder ovation when he came to the plate and more cheers when he connected. He finished 2 for 5 with three runs scored, two strikeouts and an RBI.
Wright’s homer sparked a record-setting night for the Mets, who set a franchise mark with eight long balls.
“I just think everybody was elated,” Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer said, according to the team’s official website. “Everybody was cheering. Everybody was happy.”
Left-hander Dario Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for the Mets’ captain on the roster.
A seven-time All-Star, Wright last played on April 14. He was 9 for 28 (.321) without an extra-base hit in eight rehab games. The Mets climbed to the top of the NL East standings without him and ended the night with a 5 1/2 game lead over Washington.
“It’s incredible to be a part of,” Wright said. “We just know that we’re going to win the game. That’s the type of confidence that you can’t tell somebody to have, that you can’t force upon somebody. You just have to get good at winning. And this team is getting good at winning.”
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