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Mets injury update: David Wright making progress, closer to baseball activities

The third baseman is expected to return to New York this week

NJ Advance Media for TODAY Sports

One step closer, folks. David Wright is coming home. Seemingly having completed his rehab work with Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, the Mets third baseman and captain is expected to return to New York this week to resume baseball activities.

"David has been simulating baseball activities," manager Terry Collins said Sunday. "He's been doing some running, doing some light hitting. Hopefully [this week] he starts baseball activities."

Wright, who was placed on the disabled list on April 15 with a pulled hamstring and diagnosed with spinal stenosis a month later, has played in just eight games this year, and both his glove and his bat have been missed. Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, who joined the Mets in a weekend trade with the Atlanta Braves, will shore up the infield better than we've seen all season and lessen the pressure on Wright when he returns, but the team's captain will certainly have a spot in the lineup if and when he's ready.