Resuming baseball activities. There are few sweeter phrases these days for the Mets, who have been forced to improvise in the wake of a succession of injuries to major players.
It's even sweeter when that phrase applies to David Wright. Manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Wright, who strained his hamstring on April 14, will field grounders, jog and run "around the field a little bit" Monday in hopes of returning within a week or so.
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"I don't think it's really realistic" to expect Wright back on Thursday, when he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list, Collins said. "If he's back here by Saturday, that would be really good."
Wright played eight games before his injury, batting .333 with 11 hits, including a home run, four RBIs and two walks in 35 plate appearances. In previous seasons, it would have been a hard blow to bounce back from, but the Mets have barely missed a step, thanks in part to Eric Campbell, who has done what Wright called a "fantastic" job filling in at third base.
Campbell, who wasn't on the Opening Day roster but was called up from Triple-A after Wright's injury, was hitting .267 with a .400 on-base percentage entering Sunday night's game.
His throwing error in the first inning last nightSunday night was only his second this season.
"Here's a guy who's never been considered a major- league prospect . . . [and] he's fought and grinded his way to the major leagues," Collins said. "I look at guys that I consider pure baseball players -- they're not really gifted in one phase of the game, but they know how to play it. They do a lot of little things to win games."
Muno gets start
Danny Muno, the first player Sandy Alderson drafted as Mets general manager to make the majors, got his first major-league start at DH Sunday night. The switch hitter was 1-for-3 in his previous at-bats, all pinch-hitting appearances. Batting eighth, Muno struck out against Nathan Eovaldi in the second and fourth innings and lined out in the seventh."You could treat it ," Muno said, noting that he had plenty of opportunities to DH in the minors. "You've definitely got to stay in the game and stay within the routine of the game, as a DH, at least. It's easy with the video. You can sit in there and watch and stay up with the game the whole game."