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David Wright to begin rehab assignment with St. Lucie Mets

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The Mets’ captain is set to play in a game for the first time in a long time.

Milwaukee Brewers v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The Mets announced this afternoon that David Wright will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with the St. Lucie Mets and is scheduled to play five innings at third base. Wright hasn’t played in a major league game since May 27, 2016, and he last played in a minor league game on August 26, 2017, which was his third and final game in a rehab stint last year.

The greatest position player in franchise history, Wright has a .296/.376/.491 line for his career with 242 home runs and a 133 wRC+. Before his injuries derailed his career, he was on a Hall of Fame-worthy path, and even in his abbreviated time on the field in 2015 and 2016, he remained productive at the plate. Combined, he only made 338 plate appearances, but he hit .260/.365/.436 with a 119 OPS+ in them.

Whether or not this rehab stint works is a major question, but after a long period without much in the way of Wright news, it’s encouraging to hear that he’s feeling well enough to get back into a professional game.