With the New York Mets well out of the pennant race and star pitcher Matt Harvey done for the season, Mets fans have had very little reason to cheer of late. Now, though, they may have some reason as their franchise player may get to finish the season in uniform. MLB.com's Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo reports that third baseman David Wright could return to the line up on Tuesday for the team's final 13 games.
David Wright could be back as soon as Tuesday, indicates Terry Collins. #Mets will consult their "witch doctors" that afternoon.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 14, 2013
Wright, as our own Kerry Kauffman reported Saturday morning, began running the bases a few days ago and working out more vigorously on Friday. He also took batting practice and ran base running drills on Saturday in preparation of playing again this year. Manager Terry Collins plans to meet with Wright and team trainers to determine if the popular third baseman can play as soon as Tuesday.
Wright went on the disabled list on August 3 with a strained right hamstring. He is hitting .309/.391/.512 with 16 HR and 54 RBI in 105 games.
Critics have expressed concern that Wright could possibly re-injure his hamstring, but Collins stated that it could happen any time, even next season. He addressed that concern, saying that getting Wright back on the field in actual games is the best way to find out if he is ready. Said Collins,
"So the issue is, is he going to get hurt again? So what do we do next spring? Do we not play him all spring, for fear going into the season that he might get hurt in a Spring Training game...? This is a sport where people get hurt. You can't police it. You've got to do the best you can to get them in shape, and then let them go play."
Wright is a career .301/.382/.506 hitter with 220 home runs and 872 RBI, all as a Met since 2004. In an era in which a three-year deal is considered long-term, Wright has shown his loyalty to the Mets and their fans by signing a contract that keeps him in Citi Field through 2020. Fans will welcome their third baseman back whether on Tuesday or later. Let's hope it is Tuesday.
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