David Wright back in Mets’ lineup Thursday

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Mets third baseman David Wright hasn’t played since leaving Sunday’s game due to neck spasms, but he’s back in tonight’s starting lineup against the Braves.

In addition to his recent neck issue, Wright confirmed speculation this week that his left shoulder isn’t 100 percent. However, he doesn’t want to use it as an excuse for his lack of production this season and has no plans to shut things down early. Still, it’s logical to believe that injuries are behind his struggles as opposed to his skills simply collapsing overnight.

Wright is batting just .266 with eight homers and a career-low .692 OPS through 123 games this season. The 31-year-old hasn’t homered since July 11 and owns a .499 OPS in 145 plate appearances since the All-Star break.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.