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David Wright returns to limited baseball activity, 'chomping at the bit'

Mets third baseman David Wright looks on from

Mets third baseman David Wright looks on from the dugout against the Miami Marlins in a baseball game at Citi Field on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Mets captain David Wright returned to limited baseball activity Monday for the first time in 10 days. He had been sidelined with a back issue that stalled his comeback from a hamstring strain that sent him to the disabled list.

Wright made throws and fielded grounders but has yet to be cleared for swings, general manager Sandy Alderson said. A return date for Wright remains unclear. "He's chomping at the bit," Alderson said. "But today is the first day he was actually back on the field for any amount of work . . . Until he's back cleared for all baseball activity, it's hard to put a schedule together."

Wright's absence has dragged on for more than a month. He has not played since April 15. He had been on the brink of starting a rehab assignment when his back flared up.

"The hamstring is probably a non-factor at this point," Alderson said. "What's maybe held him up over the last couple of days is his back and a desire by the doctors to have him work through a series of exercises."

D'Arnaud on mend

Travis d'Arnaud (fractured right pinkie) took dry swings Monday, when he was cleared for full baseball activities. Alderson did not offer a timetable for d'Arnaud's return, though he noted that the Mets have a specific protocol for catchers, who must be prepared for the strain of playing nine innings behind the plate. "It's not just about swings, it's about stamina, being able to crouch back there for nine innings," Alderson said.

Terry Collins said d'Arnaud could progress to live batting practice in a few days.

Ceciliani called up

The Mets summoned lefthanded-hitting outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to New York after Monday night's 14-inning win. Though a corresponding move was not announced, Kirk Nieuwenhuis (.079) and third catcher Johnny Monell (.083) could be vulnerable. Nieuwenhuis is out of options and would have to clear waivers to be demoted.

Ceciliani was hitting .336 with 25 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 37 games at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Extra bases

Prospect Brandon Nimmo was diagnosed with a sprained ACL in his left knee. He won't resume baseball activities until he's pain-free . . . Bobby Parnell and Vic Black each will throw an inning Tuesday in an extended spring training game . . . Righthander Dillon Gee (groin) will start Tuesday for Class A Port St. Lucie . . . The Mets signed international free agent Lednier Ricardo. The 27-year-old catcher started for the Cuban national team in 2012 and 2013.

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