Mets third baseman David Wright ran at nearly full speed Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Florida for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-May with a stress fracture in his lower back.
He reported no abnormal pain or discomfort during or after the workout, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, and is aiming to begin playing in minor league rehab games by the middle of next week.
Wright will run the bases and do some sliding exercises on Monday. He’s hoping to then gain medical clearance from team trainers on Tuesday.
Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that the 28-year-old could need between 30-40 minor league at-bats in order to get his timing right. Assuming that plan is carried out, Wright should be back around July 22.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.