The Sports Xchange

By Guy Curtright, The Sports Xchange

Mets' Wright close to return

ATLANTA -- The New York Mets return to Citi Field for a 10-game homestand beginning Friday and that is certainly good news.

Even better news is that David Wright should be ready to rejoin them.

The third baseman missed the final six games of a 1-7 road trip and left the Mets (37-48) a season-worst 10 games out of first place in the National League East after being swept in a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

Obviously, we need his bat in the lineup," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Wright wasn't with the team in Atlanta, instead receiving treatment in New York on the bruised left rotator cuff that forced him out of last Thursday's game in Pittsburgh.

Rather than lose Wright for 15 days, the Mets played a man short for the final three games with the Pirates and the 3-game series with the Braves.

Wright had a 10-game hitting streak in which he was batting .385 with two homers and seven RBIs despite dealing with discomfort in the shoulder for more than two weeks.

While sidelined, Wright lost any chance of catching Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez in the fan voting for a starting spot on the National League team for the All-Star Game.

After playing three games at home with Texas, the Mets will play the Braves again four times and host Miami for three games going into the All-Star break.

The Mets have played just two of their past 16 games at Citi Field, where they are 17-21.