ATLANTA -- The Mets are banking on third baseman David Wright to be back in the lineup for tomorrow night's game against the Rangers. He has spent the last week on the shelf with a banged-up left shoulder.
"David's an All-Star," second baseman Daniel Murphy said. "It's always a difference maker to have an All-Star in there. He's our best player. So, that's an easy one."
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The Mets have won only once since Wright was scratched prior to a game last Friday. Manager Terry Collins said that had there been any doubt about Wright's status for Friday, the Mets "would have probably disabled him."
A return might bring a measure of relief to the Mets, who enter today's off day on the heels of a 1-6 trip in which they averaged only 2.7 runs per game.
The Mets signed 11 players Wednesday, the first day of the international signing period. The class is headlined by Yoel Romero and Edgardo Fermin, a pair of 16-year-old shortstops out of Venezuela. The Mets also signed righthanded pitchers Daniel Guzman, Jhoander Chourio, Jose Moreno, Jurgen Jimenez and Agustin Castilla; outfielders Claudio Geraldo, Yordin Araujo, catcher Luis Lebron and shortstop Hansel Moreno.
The Mets debuted uniform patches to honor former general manager Frank Cashen, who died Monday at the age of 88. Cashen, the architect of the 1986 world championship team, will be honored with a moment of silence before tomorrow's game at Citi Field . . . There was grumbling about Julio Teheran's pickoff move after Eric Young Jr. was caught stealing in the sixth.
But Alderson will hinge on "what happens over the next 10 to 12 days."Cashen, the architect of the 1986 championship team, will be honored with a moment of silence beforetomorrowFriday night's game at Citi Field.