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David Wright will finally return from the disabled list Monday evening against the Phillies

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the news

For the first time since April 14, New York Mets captain David Wright will play in a major league game on Monday.

Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Sunday that Wright will be activated from the disabled list and be placed in the starting lineup for the series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Wright landed on the disabled list in mid-April because of a hamstring injury and was diagnosed during his rehab with spinal stenosis. Collins has said that the 32-year-old third baseman won’t be an everyday player out of the gate, but that could change if Wright hits well from the jump and is feeling healthy.

He was 9-for-28 (.321) with five walks on his eight-game minor league rehab assignment.

Wright rejoins a Mets team that leads the NL East race by five games.

George Springer, out since July 2 with fractured right wrist, expected to take BP on Monday

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George Springer is finally beginning to make legit progress in his recovery from a fractured right wrist.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on Sunday afternoon that the 25-year-old outfielder is lined up to take batting practice ahead of the Astros’ series opener against the Yankees on Monday evening in New York.

“It’s very encouraging,” said Hinch. “That’s when it starts to feel real that he’s becoming more and more of an active player, when his normal routine is like any other player on our team. … I’m thrilled with the progress that he’s made.”

Springer has been on the disabled list since July 2, a day after he took an Edinson Volquez pitch off his right arm. He was sporting an .822 OPS, 13 homers, and 14 steals in 75 games before the injury.

Springer should be ready to rejoin the AL West-leading Astros in early September.

Rockies designate Rafael Betancourt for assignment

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MLB.com beat reporter Thomas Harding shares the announcement …

Betancourt underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in late 2013 and did not make an appearance at the major league level in 2014, but the Rockies invited him to camp this spring and he made the Opening Day roster after a strong showing in the Cactus League. Now the 40-year-old reliever hits the waiver wire having registered a 6.18 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 40/12 K/BB ratio across 39 1/3 regular-season innings. The strikeout-to-walk clip might draw attention from other teams, but this could be Betancourt’s swan song either way.

Video: Bryce Harper cuts down Ryan Braun at second base

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Bryce Harper showed off his cannon to nab Ryan Braun on this attempt at a double on Sunday …

That was just after the Brewers plated two runs on a Jonathan Lucroy homer off Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, which explains Harper’s scowl. Washington is currently five games back in the NL East.

Jose Reyes isn’t very thrilled about playing for the Rockies

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Jose Reyes was dealt from the hard-charging Blue Jays to the basement-dwelling Rockies a few days before the July 31 trade deadline. The 32-year-old shortstop is batting just .271 with a .684 OPS over his first 92 plate appearances with Colorado and the Rockies are 5-16 in the 21 games he has appeared in since arriving. Bad vibes. Bad vibes all around.

Reyes did a bit of venting after the Rockies’ ugly 14-9 loss to the Mets — the team Reyes started his career with — on Saturday night at Coors Field. Via beat writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post

“You come from a ballclub that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that,” Reyes said of the trade that ripped him out of Toronto. The Blue Jays, with [Troy] Tulowitzki, have surged into a battle with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.

“I’m at the point in my career that I want to win,” Reyes said. “I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”

Reyes has cleared waivers, so the Rockies can dangle him in trade talks until the August 31 deadline. He is owed $22 million in 2016 and 2017 and holds a $22 million club option (or $4 million buyout) for 2018.