Daylong rains didn't postpone Friday night's Mets-Rangers game at Citi Field, but they did postpone David Wright's return to the lineup. The rain ended about 90 minutes before game time, but Wright couldn't test his bruised left rotator cuff by taking grounders and batting practice on the field before the game.
"The plan was to get on the field early today and go through a rigorous pregame thing," Wright said. "The weather's not allowing us to do that, so the medical staff has advised that we hold off until [Saturday], when I can get on the field early and go through the normal routine and make sure everything feels good."
Wright did go out in the rain to throw from third to first and run a little bit before heading inside to hit in the batting cage. It marked his first baseball activity since June 26. Including Friday, he has missed seven games.
"It's worlds better than it was," Wright said. "I'm feeling very optimistic about how I've recovered in a short amount of time."
"As frustrated as I am, I think it's smart to pick up a bat and swing and do some baseball activities today and see how I feel tomorrow. I don't expect to be all that sore."
However, Wright said it's a matter of managing the pain rather than recovering fully during the season. Asked if he would participate in the All-Star Game if chosen, he said, "I haven't even thought about it. We'll cross that bridge when I get there."
The Mets honored former general manager Frank Cashen, who died earlier this week, with a memorial pregame video focusing on the 1986 World Series champions. They also unveiled the "FC" patch they will wear the rest of the season . . . GM Sandy Alderson said he wouldn't predict that pitcher Noah Syndergaard will be called up this season.
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