Good news here for the battered Mets infield …
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that Daniel Murphy is on track to be activated from the disabled list next Tuesday. Murphy is eligible to return Saturday, but the Mets want him to play in a few minor league rehab games before they activate him. He’s currently participating in extended spring training exhibition games in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Murphy has been on the disabled list since June 5 because of a strained right quadriceps muscle. He is expected to play third base when he returns, with Dilson Herrera sticking at second.
David Wright isn’t due to return from his back injury until after the All-Star break.
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.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Mets and Brewers “have had preliminary talks” about a trade involving one or more of Milwaukee’s position players, and now Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that those negotiations are centering around veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
Ramirez is hitting just .213/.257/.390 in 48 games this season for the Brewers and he’s making $14 million in the final year of a four-year, $46 million contract. But the Mets are desperate for a boost of some kind and they especially need help at the hot corner with David Wright battling spinal stenosis.
Ramirez does have seven home runs this year, which is more than double what the Mets’ third basemen have produced collectively. The 36-year-old tallied 15 homers and 66 RBI in 133 games last season.
For what it’s worth, a source told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin on both Tuesday and Wednesday that the Mets are not in on Ramirez. Crazy season is already upon us, folks.
The hits just keep coming for the Mets, who finally decided to shift Daniel Murphy to third base once it became clear that David Wright isn’t going to return any time soon and have now placed Murphy on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps.
Murphy was putting up his usual numbers before the injury, hitting .283 with four homers and a .749 OPS in 55 games split between second base and third base.
Without both Wright and Murphy the Mets are left with Ruben Tejada and Danny Muno in big roles.