David Wright in Mets’ lineup for first time since June 26

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David Wright didn’t return from a bruised left rotator cuff yesterday as originally hoped, but Kristie Ackert of New York Newsday passes along word that he’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers. He’ll bat third against Colby Lewis.

This will be Wright’s first game action since June 26. He managed to avoid a stint on the disabled list, so the Mets have played short-handed for the past nine days.

Wright had a 10-game hitting streak prior to the shoulder injury, but he hasn’t been up to his usual excellent standards so far this season. The 31-year-old enters tonight’s action hitting .277 with six home runs and a .729 OPS over 79 games.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.