David Wright is now expected to return to the Mets in next week's series against the Philadelphia Phillies. That will complete the circle, as Wright left a game against the Phillies on April 14 with a hamstring pull, the beginning of a long and winding road on the disabled list.
Wright is 4-for-14 in 16 plate appearances in rehab games with St. Lucie so far, hitting .286/.375/.286 with two walks and three strikeouts. He's played in three games at third base, committing two errors. With the Mets' trade deadline acquisition of Juan Uribe, Wright won't need to come back and play every day, allowing him to ease back into the game and continue learning how to play while managing his spinal stenosis.
The Mets begin a two-game series in Baltimore tonight and play a three-game series in Colorado starting on Friday. They'll starts a four-game series in Philadelphia on Monday night. If Wright does, indeed, return that night, there will probably be more than a few Mets fans in the stands at Citizens Bank park to greet him.