David Wright is moving up to Triple-A

NEW YORK (AP) — to continue his rehab assignment http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-homer-bailey-jersey , but the New York Mets say it’s unlikely the third baseman will play in the majors anytime soon as he attempts an arduous comeback from back and shoulder injuries.Wright hasn’t appeared in a big league game since May 2016. He batted .188 (6 for 32) with a double, two RBIs and two walks in 10 games at Class A St. Lucie this month, seeing considerable time in the field.He was hoping to play a third day in a row Sunday but didn’t feel comfortable and was given a couple of days off, manager Mickey Callaway said Monday in Chicago.On a conference call Tuesday with reporters, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Wright frankly hasn’t hit some of the benchmarks the team established for his rehab stint. But the Mets’ captain will play a couple of games with Triple-A Las Vegas this week, as previously scheduled, to see how it goes.Wright’s 20-day rehab assignment expires Friday, and most minor league regular seasons are nearing an end this weekend.“The schedule, as I said, was quite aggressive. It’s also in line with having the 20 days available to us. So this move was really as much about just trying to keep to that schedule and have him have the opportunity to face some Triple-A level pitching here at the end of the window,” Ricco said. “We were really running out of a little bit of time there. But that was really more the impetus for the move than really any progress that we’ve seen.”When his rehab assignment is up, Wright could continue to work at the team’s complex in Florida — or join the Mets, remain on the 60-day disabled list and rehab with the major league medical staff Barry Larkin Jersey , Ricco said.A seven-time All-Star, the 35-year-old Wright has maintained he wants to exhaust every attempt at a comeback. But if he’s going to return, he doesn’t want it to be just for ceremonial reasons — he wants to be able to contribute on the field.“We’ll have some more discussions both with him and with medical people as to what the next step is. I think it’s unrealistic to think that he would be activated anytime soon, based on what we’ve seen to this point,” Ricco said. “But we really have been taking it step by step and trying to give him every opportunity to get back. I know he’d like to — or, he’s working to — trying to get back to the big leagues. But at this point, it really is kind of a step-by-step thing and this was the next step on the schedule.”Wright is under contract through 2020. He is making $20 million this year and is owed $27 million over the next two seasons.Ricco also said power-hitting prospect Peter Alonso won’t be called up from Triple-A when rosters expand in September.Alonso was batting .277 with 33 homers and a minor league-leading 111 RBIs combined at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas this season. The first baseman homered in the All-Star Futures Game last month in Washington.“He’s had an unbelievable season. He’s done everything we’ve asked,” Ricco said.Alonso’s agents, Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson, said in a statement “it is disheartening for Peter after producing an historically great season and exceeding every request from the Mets player development staff.“I’m sure it is equally disheartening for Mets fans who would enjoy watching and getting to know one of the more talented and entertaining players they’ve developed in years.”Ricco said there’s limited playing time available at first base in the majors right now because Wilmer Flores is already there, and the fourth-place Mets want to look at outfielder Jay Bruce and youngster Dominic Smith in that spot the rest of the way as well.“To have Pete come up and really just sit, when we looked at it, didn’t make a lot of sense http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-chris-sabo-jersey ,” Ricco said. “As much as we would love to reward him for the season that he had and the work he’s done, we think it’s more beneficial for him to get some rest and we’ll see what the fall plans for him will be.”Another consideration is clerical: Alonso is still exempt from the Rule 5 draft in December, so the Mets don’t need to put him on the 40-man roster to protect him this winter. Add him now, and that’s one fewer spot available for minor leaguers who do need to be on the 40-man roster to be protected. TORONTO — The Houston Astros are close, but will still be trying to clinch the American League West when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series starting Monday night.The Astros entered Sunday with a 3 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the division.That will not be the only angle, however, in the series at the Rogers Centre.Article continues below ...There will be the return of former Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna, who was traded to the Astros July 30 near the end of a 75-day suspension imposed by Major League Baseball after he was charged with assault in May. The case has yet to be heard in court.The Blue Jays obtained right-handed pitchers Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez. Giles, who fell out of favor in Houston and was demoted to the minors, has been a perfect 12-for-12 in save situations as Blue Jays’ closer after going 12-for-12 for the Astros.So, there are two closers going against their former teams.Then, there is the brother angle.Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. playing against his older brother Yuli Gurriel of the Astros. Each hit two home runs Friday night Billy Hamilton Jersey , the first time in major-league baseball that brothers both have had multi-homer games on the same day.The Astros (98-57) will start left-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-11) in the opener at the Rogers Centre after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Sunday. The Blue Jays (71-85) will start right-hander Marco Estrada (7-13, 5.57) after losing 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday.Keuchel and Estrada opposed each other June 27. Neither factored in the decision, a 7-6 Astros win. Keuchel allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings and is 3-0 with a 4.68 ERA in five career starts against Toronto.Estrada gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings on June 27 and in 13 career games (seven starts) against the Astros is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA.The exchange of closers has worked out well for each team. While Giles has been perfect all season in save opportunities — and not so good in non-save situations — Osuna has been nine-for-nine in save opportunities for Houston.Giles said he is enjoying himself more in Toronto. “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston,” he told the Toronto Star. “It’s kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it’s like, I just felt trapped there. I didn’t feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place.”“He has been perfect since he got here, and he has saved a lot of games in baseball,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “I think it’s a new look for him. A new team to be with. (Houston) is in the past and he is thriving.”Yuli Gurriel, who had seven RBIs and two homers Friday against the Angels, hit a two-run homer in the first inning Sunday and was 2-for-5. He is on a nine-game hitting streak, going 16-for-37 (.432).Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 0-for-4 with one RBI Sunday. His two home runs Friday followed a ninth-inning homer on Thursday. He became the 14th Blue Jay, and first rookie, to homer in three consecutive plate appearances.The Astros will be trying to get right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. into a game Monday or Tuesday after his return from a right forearm strain.“I wish we’d already clinched and had it perfectly scripted out Anthony DeSclafani Jersey ,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday. “We have to try to win the games. If I can get him in, I’m going to try to get him in Monday or Tuesday.”McCullers worked in simulated games in Florida. “I felt good,” he said. “I felt good. Over the three times I went out there, there were obviously some ups and downs, but that’s just part of trying to get back into pitching shape. I was really happy with the way my body responded each time and I was extremely happy with the way I looked and felt the last time. My last outing was good, I was landing it in the zone to righties and lefties, was able to go in the zone and back foot when I wanted to.”The starter will be pitching out of the bullpen. “I’ve done it before so there’s no reason why I can’t do it again,” he said. “It doesn’t always work that way. There are a lot of starters you see try to make a transition to the bullpen for a limited role for the playoffs and it doesn’t work out so well. I think last year because I had some success doing it, I feel confident doing it again.”Astros center fielder George Springer was given the day off Sunday because of leg and thumb injuries, but he could return to the lineup Monday.
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