It's finally happening. After months of waiting and speculation, David Wright will play his first game since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Wright will be the designated hitter for the St. Lucie Mets tomorrow as he continues his journey back to the big leagues.
The Mets' captain began doing baseball activities about two weeks ago after spending almost two months in Los Angeles doing physical therapy for his back. The last time Wright saw game action was on April 14, when he left a game against the Phillies with a hamstring strain and was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis. The plan is for Wright to DH for the Mets' High-A affiliate tomorrow, and if all goes well he will try to play in the field on Tuesday.
Wright is using his rehab in 2011 as a baseline for how he wants to handle his time with the St. Lucie Mets. He wants to take around 21 at-bats, the same number of minor league at-bats as he did when rehabbing from his stress fracture in his lower back four years ago. Wright spoke about starting rehab games when he was with the Mets last week, saying "There's not much more preparation I can do other than games".