BALTIMORE - David Wright, who went 2-for-5 and played nine innings in a rehab game for St. Lucie on Wednesday night, will not be an everyday player when he returns, manager Terry Collins said. Wright could be activated Monday in Philadelphia.
"I talked to Dave today about some stuff," Collins said. "He certainly is aware it's going to be . . . I don't know how many days a week, but it certainly won't be that everyday guy until we know his back's 100 percent. That may not be until next spring. We'll have to keep an eye on it."
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With Juan Uribe on the roster, the Mets don't need Wright to play every day. They also don't know how effective he'll be. Wright hasn't played in a big-league game since April 14.
Rehab start No. 2 for Matz
Steven Matz will make his second minor-league rehab start for Class A St. Lucie Thursday night in Jupiter, Fla.
The Long Island lefty, who could be a significant part of the Mets' stretch-run plans, will throw 50 pitches, Collins said Wednesday.
In his first outing after recovering from a partially torn lat muscle, Matz allowed three hits and a run in one inning on Saturday.
The Mets are planning to use Matz after Sept. 1 to help them skip either Matt Harvey or Noah Syndergaard to protect their innings. Or they could use Matz as part of a six-man rotation.
Collins said the Mets may skip Harvey as early as Sunday against the Rockies in Denver. At the moment, Harvey is penciled in for the start. But it could end up being Logan Verrett instead.
"We're trying to decide if we skip guys, should we do it right away and it's cleared up and then they can get back into the routine, or do we wait and pick a different time after Sept. 1 when we add extra pitching," Collins said.
Collins said team brass would discuss it during Thursday's off-day.
Yoenis Cespedes, who has a sore right shoulder, was the designated hitter . . . The Mets released minor-league outfielder Cesar Puello, who served a 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis scandal.