New York Mets third baseman David Wright could return at the All-Star break, general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday.
The Mets shut down Wright indefinitely on May 23 after he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column). He has not played in a major-league game since April 14, when he strained his right hamstring attempting to steal a base. The Mets placed him on the disabled list the following day.
Wright has worked out with back specialists in California for the past three weeks.
“Realistically, I’m looking at probably the All-Star break as a realistic possibility,” Alderson said on Monday, presenting the Mets’ first timetable for Wright’s return.
In eight games before his injury, Wright was batting .333 with one home run and four RBIs. Mets third basemen—including Wright, Eric Campbell, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Danny Muno—entered Monday 11th in the NL with a .685 OPS and 12th with a .261 batting average.
Wright is in the third season of the eight-year, $138 million deal he signed after the 2012 season.
- Mike Fiammetta