The latest update on injured Mets hitters David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud is a positive one, as reports from early this afternoon say that the pair took batting practice for the first time today in Port St. Lucie. Should all go well for them in the coming days, they'll be set to begin rehab stints with one of the organization's minor league affiliates some time next week.
While this update is clearly great news for the Mets' beleaguered offense, Wright and d'Arnaud still seem to be a little while away from getting back to the Mets. Once they return, however, they'll bring big bats to a lineup that has staggered over the past few weeks. After placing around the middle of the pack offensively with a 97 team wRC+ in April, the Mets have slipped all the way down to 26th in the majors in May with their 88 wRC+. That's thanks to a .235/.299/.367 team batting line, only better than the Marlins, Angels, Orioles, Rockies, and Red Sox this month.
Despite the offensive outage, the Mets have held steady with a 9-10 record in May thanks to their dominating pitching staff. The loss of two key offensive cogs certainly could've sunk the Mets and it appears it hasn't yet. Suffice it to say, the return of Wright and d'Arnaud in the near future would be a gigantic boost to the Mets' offense.