CHICAGO – After a two-day break in his rehab due to back, neck and shoulder injuries, David Wright reported on Tuesday Triple-A Las Vegas when he was within a step of returning to the US
Although technically a promotion, switching from Class A St. Lucie to Las Vegas does not necessarily mean Wright will make the final leap to the Mets this season. Assistant General Manager John Ricco said on Tuesday clearly that Wright did not do enough "quantitative or qualitative" to earn a return to the majors at this time.
CHICAGO – After a two-day break in his rehab from behind, neck and shoulder injuries,reported on Thursday Triple-A Las Vegas, within a step of a return to the big leagues.
While technically a promotion, however, the shift from Class A St. Lucie to Las Vegas does not necessarily mean that Wright will make the final leap to the Mets this season. Deputy General Director John Ricco said Tuesday that Wright had not done enough "quantitative or qualitative" to justify a return to the majors at this point.
"It is unrealistic to think that he would be activated in the near future we have seen up to this point," said Ricco.
In 10 rehab games for Class A St. Lucie beat Wright .188 with a .454 OPS. He showed a significant improvement over his last five games and went 6-8 with a double and no strikeouts, but failed to reach a benchmark on three consecutive days.
While Wright may have benefited from more In St. Lucie, the Mets wanted to see him face a higher climb in Las Vegas before the end of the season's 51-year-old.
"Right now, we're focusing on seeing him arrive here in the last round for a few days," Ricco said, "and we'll have some more discussion on what the rest of the year will look like."  This could mean a return to the majors as soon as the minor league season ends. It could be a continuation of work in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where Wright spent a lot of time this summer with Mets rehabilitation staff. Or it could mean returning to New York to recover and stay on the disabled list. One problem is that it will be difficult for Wright to get the replay numbers he needs to keep improving if Wright is not ready to play in the majors when the minor league season ends.
"We're just trying to focus on the next day with David," said Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. "It was such a long journey, and I think it would be unfair for everyone to have different expectations than to know that we support everything he does every day."
The bigger question remains about how Wright's body will hold he will try to appear for the first time since May 2016 in a major league game. When asked what exactly Wright needs to improve before he is ready for a major league promotion, Ricco replied, "It's pretty much everything."
"He's been out for two years," Ricco said. "It's a long time to get down and try to come back in. To become a Major League player, it takes a lot, physically, so we've tried to implement a program that will allow him to come back and show us that he is ready Major League players, so far he has not achieved that, be it in terms of playing time or ability to play, it's sort of all the above. "
Right now, the Mets are going to spend the next week Reviewing Wright's progress in Las Vegas, where he cleaned up Tuesday and started from third base. When asked about the team's expectations for a September call earlier this week, Callaway admitted, "I can not say I'm definitely expecting it."
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