David Wright announced his return with authority tonight against the Phillies, slugging a long home run to the second deck in left field in his first at-bat since April 14. Check it out below:
He couldn’t have written his return up much better than that. According to MLB Gameday, the ball went off the bat at 108 mph and traveled an estimated 428 feet.
Wright might not be able to be an everyday player down the stretch, as he will likely require regular rest to manage his spinal stenosis. However, he’s still capable of doing some serious damage, which is great news for a team with postseason aspirations.
Wright has now hit 20 home runs at Citizens Bank Park, the most by any visiting player.
The Mets provided an encouraging updated on injured first baseman Lucas Duda this afternoon, as he’s expected to return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible next weekend.
According to Marc Carig of New York Newsday, Duda was diagnosed with a small thoracic disc herniation in his back following X-rays and an MRI. The Mets believe that a rehab plan of anti-inflammatories and exercise will do the trick.
Thanks to a ridiculous power surge from late July to early August, Duda has 21 home runs and an .856 OPS in 113 games this season. Daniel Murphy is starting at first base tonight with David Wright back in the lineup, but Michael Cuddyer also figures to get some playing time at the position while Duda is sidelined.
The Nationals’ lineup is about to be at full strength for the first time all season, as Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that center fielder Denard Span is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday’s series opener against the Padres.
Span has been sidelined since July 6 with a lingering injury to his lower back. The 31-year-old went 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run and three walks over six minor league rehab games, which was apparently enough to show the Nationals that he’s ready to go.
Span got a late start on the year following a pair of surgeries on his abdominal muscle surgeries, so he has only appeared in 59 games while putting up a .304/.367/.430 batting line. As Zuckerman notes, with Span back, the Nationals will finally have their projected Opening Day lineup in place for the first time this season. Trailing the first-place Mets by five games in the NL East, they’ll just have to hope that it isn’t too late.