Mets manager Terry Collins said earlier this month that he wasn’t counting on David Wright to make it back from his right hamstring strain this season, but his star third baseman is beginning to make some tangible progress.
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork spotted Wright testing his hamstring by running in the outfield prior this afternoon at Citi Field. The plan calls for him to travel to the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday or Wednesday to ramp up baseball activities. If all goes well, he should be able to return during the final month of the season.
Wright was having one of his better seasons prior to the injury, batting .309/.391/.512 with 16 home runs, 54 RBI, and 17 stolen bases over 105 games while playing excellent defense. Despite missing the past three weeks, the 30-year-old ranks seventh among position players with a 5.7 fWAR.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.