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.
LAS VEGAS — Jim Bowden reports that the Kansas City Royals are close to agreement with outfielder Billy Hamilton. He says they are “just working through bonuses and pending physical.” Hamilton was non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds a couple of weeks ago following six seasons with the club, making him a free agent.
Hamilton is one of the fastest men to ever play the game, but he has never come around as a hitter. In his six seasons with the Reds he put up a line of .245/.298/.333 (OPS+ 70). While he has stolen 277 bases over that period, getting caught 63 times, he has never once led the league in steals, primarily because he just doesn’t get on base enough. He is an excellent center fielder, but the bat is so sub-par that even the glove and the wheels are not good enough to justify going to arbitration with him.
Perhaps a change of scenery will do him good. He will certainly bring some excitement to Kansas City. He’s a fun guy to watch play.