David Wright on track to make his return next Monday


David Wright’s status has been in doubt for most of the season due to spinal stenosis in his lower back, but he’s getting closer to finally rejoining the Mets.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are planning on activating Wright next Monday for the first game of a four-game series against the Phillies. That’s assuming no setbacks, of course.

Wright, who has been sidelined since April 14, began a minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie a week ago and is batting .286 (4-for-14) with two walks over his first four games. The veteran third baseman is currently getting a two-day break while the team is on the road, but he’s expected to return to action tomorrow. There was some hope that he would be activated this weekend, but the Mets are playing things safe.

Juan Uribe and Daniel Murphy have received most of the playing time at third base this month. Wright likely can’t be counted on to be a full-time player upon his return, so Mets manager Terry Collins figures to do lots of mixing and matching as the team attempts to finish off their first division title since 2006.