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.
Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.
The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.
The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: