David Wright to resume baseball activities Monday

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Mets third baseman David Wright landed on the 15-day disabled list in mid-April after suffering a right hamstring strain on a stolen base attempt and then he suffered a minor back injury while rehabbing that hamstring strain. But the 32-year-old is now finally trending in a positive direction …

Mets manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Sunday morning that Wright feels well enough to resume baseball activities at the club’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It’ll start with a light workout Monday and go from there.

Wright hasn’t done any baseball activity for at least 10 days and he’ll eventually have to head out on a minor league rehab assignment to get his timing right at the plate, so it’s going to be a while before he makes it all the way back to the majors. Eric Campbell and Daniel Murphy have been filling in at the hot corner.

Wright was batting .333/.371/.424 with a homer and four RBI in eight games before these injuries.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).