David Wright cleared to begin baseball-related workouts

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According to David Lennon of New York’s Newsday, Mets third baseman David Wright was cleared to resume baseball activities after a promising checkup Thursday with a back specialist.

Wright has been on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back since mid-May.

If everything goes smoothly in his workouts and subsequent minor league rehab assignment, he could return to the Mets before the All-Star break.

Wright was batting just .226/.337/.404 with six homers and 18 RBI in 39 games before suffering the injury, but he is certainly capable of righting a lot of this season’s early wrongs with a strong second half. Justin Turner has been filling in at the hot corner for the surprising 37-38 Mets.

Brandon Morrow injured his back taking off his pants

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The Cubs’ bullpen got into trouble in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon during the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Wilson started the inning with the Cubs leading 3-2, normally a situation for closer Brandon Morrow. Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Austin Barnes, then gave up a single to Justin Turner. Morrow wasn’t warming up, curiously. Wilson ended up giving up a go-ahead two-run double to pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer and the Cubs went on to lose 4-3.

We now know why Morrow wasn’t available. He says his back tightened up taking off his pants early Monday morning, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Morrow said, “It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go for something as stupid as taking your pants off.”

Morrow, 33, has been terrific in the closer’s role this season for the Cubs. He owns a 1.59 ERA with a 25/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He is also not available for the back end of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but it sounds like he won’t need to go on the disabled list.