David Wright to Rejoin Mets Tomorrow After Back Fracture, Will Bat Fourth

New York Mets third baseman David Wright will rejoin the team tomorrow against the Florida Marlins after missing 58 games with a stress fracture in his lower back, the club announced on its website.

Wright, 28, will come off the disabled list after completing his rehabilitation assignment at the Mets’ Class A affiliate in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where he hit .476 in six games. Mets manager Terry Collins said on the website that he expects Wright to start tomorrow and bat fourth in the lineup.

“He said he feels great,” Collins said today. “He doesn’t feel he needs another 10 at-bats. He said he’s seeing the ball good, he’s healthy and he’s just ready to go. This guy’s been here. He’s a five-time All-Star. Those guys know themselves.”

Wright was hitting .226 with six home runs and 18 runs batted in before going on the disabled list on May 18. He played part of the early season with back discomfort after a collision with Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Lee on April 19.

The Mets, 49-49 and in third place in the National League East division, lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 today at Citi Field in New York. The team went 30-28 in Wright’s absence, and sits eight games behind the division-rival Atlanta Braves for the wild card, a playoff berth given to the team with the best record that doesn’t win its division.

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