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Mets say David Wright returning before the All-Star break is a “realistic possibility”

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson (via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star Ledger) said today that third baseman David Wright rejoining the team before the All-Star break is a “realistic possibility.”

Wright has been out since April with a hamstring injury followed by the diagnosis of spinal stenosis, seemingly putting his future very much in doubt. However, according to Alderson the Mets think he has a chance to complete a minor-league rehab assignment and come off the disabled list by the middle of July, which suggests he’s close to being cleared for minor-league games.

Wright had a career-worst season in 2014 and played just eight games before going on the disabled list this season, but from 2004-2013 he made seven All-Star teams and ranked as one of the best third basemen in baseball.

Nationals clear Stephen Strasburg for rehab assignment

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment two weeks after going on the disabled list with a strained trap muscle.

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Strasburg will start Wednesday at Double-A, which will be his first game action since leaving his May 29 start against the Reds after 16 pitches.

Strasburg has been a mess all season, posting a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts while allowing opponents to hit .325 off him. He came into this season with a lifetime 3.02 ERA in 109 starts, including a sub-3.25 ERA in all five of his big-league seasons.

The Year Of The Call-Up

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It’s a helluva time to be a prospect buff.

Every year a wave of top prospects arrive in the majors, but this season’s crop was particularly strong and has been arriving in the majors at a particularly rapid pace recently. It’s been very exciting.

Nine of the top dozen prospects on Baseball America’s preseason list have already been called up and it’s only mid-June.

No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant of the Cubs and No. 8 prospect Joc Pederson of the Dodgers are fighting each other for the NL Rookie of the Year award. No. 3 prospect Addison Russell and No. 12 prospect Jorge Soler have also been everyday players for the Cubs, playing big roles in Chicago’s turnaround, and No. 11 prospect Noah Syndergaard is entrenched in the Mets’ starting rotation.

And within the past two weeks No. 2 prospect Byron Buxton of the Twins, No. 4 prospect Carlos Correa of the Astros, No. 6 prospect Joey Gallo of the Rangers, and No. 9 prospect Francisco Lindor of the Indians have all been promoted to the big leagues for the first time. Buxton and Lindor both made their MLB debuts Sunday (and Buxton did so in a game that featured Gallo’s fourth homer in 11 games).

That leaves the Dodgers’ duo of No. 5 prospect Corey Seager and No. 10 prospect Julio Urias, plus No. 7 prospect Lucas Giolito of the Nationals as the only members of Baseball America’s top-12 prospects coming into the season who’ve not yet been called up to the big leagues. And based on Seager’s strong performance in the minors and Jimmy Rollins’ weak performance for the Dodgers his call-up could be right around the corner.

Not all of these guys will go on to become stars and some will probably become flat-out busts, just because that’s how top prospects tend to work, but the wave of young, high-upside talent arriving in the majors already this season is pretty spectacular.