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.
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.