Mets 3B David Wright played five innings at third base and went 0-for-3 on Saturday in his latest rehab game for Single-A St. Lucie.
Wright's game came one day after he went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts on Friday. Saturday marked the second consecutive day Wright played in the field. He recorded two assists on Saturday.
Wright played in his first game since late May 2016 on Tuesday where he reached base on an error and struck out twice while serving as DH.
"Still quite a bit to go to get to where I want to be, but certainly a good first step," Wright said following the game. "Any time you get a chance to step between the white lines to play some baseball, get some at-bats, it was a lot of fun."
Wright believes he'll be able to play for the Mets this season, though Mets GM Sandy Alderson recently told reporters that he is not 100 percent certain there's enough time for it to happen.
"I don't know how many answers he will have or we will have through the end of this season," he said, noting it's possible the Mets look to acquire a full-time third baseman for next season.
Wright fielding ground balls during workouts in St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
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.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): Now, this is good news. Hitting hadn't been an issue for him, it was the inability to throw (as a consequence of his spinal surgery in 2016) that interrupted his 2017. So, the fact that he's playing third base, where there's the potential to have to throw a baseball across the diamond, is a big deal for David.
I hope it works out for him, because it would help Alderson to know Wright's status as he plans to make moves and improve the roster this winter. That said, as I wrote earlier this week, even if Wright demonstrates he can still play baseball, Alderson should still act like he can't >> To read more my Aug. 23 post about Wright and Alderson, click here!