It’s been more than six weeks since New York Mets All-Star third baseman David Wright went to the disabled list, and even though the Mets’ season is all but over — in large part because of injuries to Wright and several others — it will be a great sigh of relief to have Wright back on the field tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets have so many other things hanging over their head entering the offseason — most notably the status of star pitcher Matt Harvey — and they don’t need to add to that list Wright completely missing the final two months of the season. It’s not that Wright’s injury is anywhere near as serious as Harvey’s elbow injury, but Mets’ fans and the organizational hierarchy didn’t need to spend time this offseason worrying about whether or not Wright is recovered from his injury and ready for the 2014 season; Wright returning to the field relaxes that uneasiness.
Oddly, Wright’s extended absence has been beneficial to the Mets in some ways, as it’s allowed them to give rookie Wilmer Flores a chance to play almost every day and gauge whether he may be able to help the team in 2014 and where. However, taking a few starts away from Flores over the final week of the season in favor of Wright won’t be such a bad thing.
Wright playing over the final week of the season isn’t going to make a difference in the standings for the Mets and may not even affect their final win total. However, the 2014 season may be the first season in a while that the Mets have a real chance to compete, and having the face of the franchise and team captain back on the field and playing in front of the Citi Field fans to close out the 2013 season is a great way to remind the fan base that brighter days are just around the corner.