David Wright’s resurgence continued this afternoon, as he went 4-for-6 with a home run, three singles and three RBI in a 9-3 win over the Marlins.
Wright had an RBI single in the first, an opposite-field solo homer in the third and another RBI single in the ninth. He now has four consecutive multi-hit games, raising his batting average from .374 to .402 in the process. He’s currently tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead in batting average while his .489 on-base percentage is tops in all of MLB.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Wright’s .402 batting average is the second-highest in franchise history on this date. Cleon Jones was hitting .411 on May 12 back in 1969.
Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy also helped the cause this afternoon by delivering three hits apiece while R.A. Dickey allowed two run over six innings to improve to 5-1 on the young season. Dickey was hit in the right hand by a pitch in the fifth inning and stayed in for two more innings, but Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game that he may be sent for an X-ray.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league deal. If he is added to the major league roster, he’ll earn $750,000 prorated.
Alvarez is still only 27 years old but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 due to shoulder issues. He signed with the Long Island Ducks last month, making seven starts and posting a 3.94 ERA with a 13/14 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.
The Phillies learned that Vince Velasquez will undergo season-ending surgery and also placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day disabled list, so the club is just looking for pitching depth to help take them through the end of the season. Any innings that Alvarez is able to handle will be considered a bonus.
Mets third baseman David Wright will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie. He’ll be the DH.
Wright has been sidelined since May of 2016, first with a cervical disc herniation and, more recently, a shoulder impingement. He has appeared in just 75 games since his last full season in 2014. Wright is under contract through 2020 and is owed $47 million after this year. For now insurance is picking up a large portion of that.
It’s possible he’ll make a return to the Mets before the season out as the competitive portion of their year is basically over and giving him a chance to see big league pitching before he begins what one hopes is a normal offseason might be a good confidence boost. What meaningful role he ever plays in the big leagues again, however, is decidedly up in the air.