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David Wright expected back in the lineup tomorrow night

Sep 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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After some false starts and mixed reports, it now appears as if Mets captain and third baseman David Wright will be back in the lineup on Friday night.

Wright has been out for six-and-a-half weeks with a high-grade right hamstring strain. He was batting .309 with a .904 OPS in 105 games before the injury. Why the Mets are bringing him back with a week before the end of the season is a bit curious — it would really stink if he aggravated his hamstring in meaningless games — but I imagine there is some leadership/symbolism going on here, along with a personal desire of Wright to finish the year on his feet rather than on his kiester.

Which is actually kind of admirable.

  1. rickdobrydney - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Why come back after a serious injury with only 10 games remaining ?
    —- The Mets organization is just SO clueless——

  2. ravensfan8780 - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I was thinking the same thing why come back with such few games left, as I get older I just thinking about sports as a business and Wright being an asset. What about the fans, it may give a kid his first time to see Wright play this year, Mets season might be over with but there are so die hard Mets fans out there who would probably love to see him out on the field finishing the season.

  3. yankee172 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Why come back? Because he knows my fantasy team is in the playoffs, that’s why.

  4. gammagammahey - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    This reminds me of a passage from “The Worst Team Money Could Buy” about the 1992 Mets and how Willie Randolph rehabbed his way back from an injury to play one game in what was going to be his final season.

    “Bravely, Randolph stuck out the season, waiting through two months of rehab just to get his final at-bats for 1992. On October 4, the Mets’ 162nd game, Randolph went 0-for-3 in a 2-0 loss to the Pirates. Afterward Randolph said it was all worth it: all the rehab, the days of endless bad baseball, all this when we could’ve easily gone home and collected the rest of his $800,000 salary. But he had wanted one more game, “just so my season wouldn’t have to end this way. I wanted to give something back to all the people who’ve supported me over the years.” The beat guys nodded to themselves, all of them thinking what a great job it would be, year after year, pennant race or not, if everyone in the game had the integrity of Willie Randolph.”

    Wright was definitely one of “Willie’s guys” when he was the manager of the Mets and this is another show of that.

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