David Wright is serving as the DH for High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night.
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The 34-year-old Wright has been hitting and throwing in St. Lucie, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday, adding that there is a scenario where Wright returns to the Mets this season as a viable infielder but also one where he returns and is only available as a pinch-hitter.
Wright, who hasn't appeared in a game for the Mets since 2016, recently began baseball activity in Port St. Lucie.
"I don't know how many answers he will have or we will have through the end of this season," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said about Wright last week, noting it's possible the Mets look to acquire a full-time third baseman for next season.
Wright, who is on the 60-day disabled list, had been rehabbing in California due to the shoulder impingement he suffered during Spring Training. In May, the team stopped his throwing program after he suffered a setback.
The team's captain has not suited up in a big league game since May 27, 2016, after which he underwent surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his neck. Wright has also battled spinal stenosis, which limited him to just 38 games in 2015, when he hit .289 with a .379 OBP and .434 SLG with five HR and 17 RBI.
During his 13-year career, Wright has hit .296/.376/.491 with 242 HR, 390 doubles, and 970 RBI.
Adam Rubin (Twitter | Facebook | Contact): Wright is 34 years old and separately has chronic spinal stenosis in his lower back. That same condition prematurely ended Don Mattingly's career at a comparable age. It had threatened to overtake Wright even before the ruptured disc in his neck cropped up. Wright then experienced a lack of arm strength early this year. ... Although he is signed through 2020 (with salaries the next three years of $20 million, $15 million and then $12 million), the Mets clearly will approach this offseason seeking a third baseman -- whether that's by picking up Asdrubal Cabrera's $8.5 million option or via another route.
In the meantime, unless something has occurred that the Mets have not publicly disclosed, they should be recouping 75 percent of Wright's salary from insurance. So, if Wright never appears in the majors again, the Mets would be reimbursed for $15 million of the $20 million owed to him this season >> Read more about Wright's insurance.