David Wright expected to begin baseball activities next week

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All has been quiet on the David Wright front in recent weeks as he attempts to make his way back from spinal stenosis, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson offered an optimistic update while speaking with reporters this afternoon.

According to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record, Alderson said the team is hopeful that Wright will be able to ramp up baseball activities when he returns to New York next week.

“He’s involved in very limited baseball activity while in California,” Alderson said before the game. “If things go as we expect now and between the end of this week I do expect him back in New York early next week and doing some baseball activity with us.”

Wright originally landed on the disabled list in mid-April with a right hamstring strain, but he soon began dealing with lower back pain and was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. He has been rehabbing in California since, which includes weekly meetings with back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. While this update from Alderson is a positive one, Wright is still a long way from joining the Mets. He’d likely require a lengthy minor league rehab assignment after such a long absence and one setback could rule him out for the remainder of the season. Still, this could be his final shot to make it back.

By the way, the Mets have insurance on Wright’s contract and have reportedly collected 75 percent of his salary since he missed his 60th day. Alderson was asked this afternoon whether the cost savings will provide the team with additional wiggle room leading up to next week’s trade deadline, but he said that it’s a “separate consideration” and it doesn’t give them “any more or less” flexibility. Who knows what that means, but there you go.