The New York Mets are about to get back their captain and a leader in their clubhouse, as David Wright is scheduled to return from the disabled list.
Wright, 32, originally found himself sidelined with a right hamstring strain only eight games into the season, but a spinal stenosis diagnosis has been the main reason he's been out for the past four months. The Mets captain will find himself right back in the thick of things, in the starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.
Mets manager Terry Collins was quick to temper expectations for Wright's return.
"The reports are great," Collins said. "He looks good. He's feeling good. He's swung the bat good. It's the Florida State League, so I'm not putting any expectations on him."
And the Mets have quite the fail-safe option in Wright's return is a little bumpy.
Great scenario for David Wright's return: The Mets don't need him to play every day. They are 11-6 with Juan Uribe starting at third base.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 24, 2015
Juan Uribe has filled in nicely since arriving in New York, although his batting line suggests otherwise. A .177/.244/.418 slash line to go with five homers is what Uribe has brought to Flushing.
With Lucas Duda on the DL with a back injury, and Daniel Murphy needed at first base, Uribe is going to be the main backup option for Wright.
The Mets, and Collins, plan on using Uribe quite a bit, making it very clear that Wright won't be an everyday player until he can show that the back injury is behind him.
"Is he going to play three [games] in a row? Maybe. He probably won't play four in a row. He'll decide that. He and I will talk every day to try to determine what day he needs off."