David Wright is running out of time to play again this season

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Mets manager Terry Collins gave some fairly optimistic quotes Monday regarding third baseman David Wright’s return timetable for spinal stenosis, but when general manager Sandy Alderson was asked about it later he downplayed the optimism.

Alderson told Mike Puma of the New York Post that there’s been “no change” in Wright’s status and he’s not ready to resume baseball activities yet. Wright has been out since mid-April and will almost surely require a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list, so he may simply run out of time to play again this season.

Daniel Murphy has shifted from second base to third base in Wright’s absence, with Wilmer Flores shifting from shortstop to second base and Ruben Tejada taking over at shortstop. There’s also been some speculation that the Mets could make a trade for a veteran third baseman, with Aramis Ramirez of the Brewers being a possibility.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.