PITTSBURGH -- Injured Mets hitters David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud both took batting practice on Friday for the first time since their injuries, setting them up to begin Minor League rehab assignments next week.
Wright, 32, has been on the disabled list since April 15. Initially, his injury was a strained right hamstring, but a bout of back soreness subsequently complicated his rehab. Wright was hitting .333 with one home run in eight games prior to his injury. In his absence, Eric Campbell has recently begun playing every day at third base.
D'Arnaud, 26, fractured his right pinkie on April 19. When he was injured, Mets doctors estimated a six-to-eight-week recovery timetable, and nothing has happened since that time to change it. The catcher was batting .317 with two homers in 11 games; his return may force the Mets to option rookie Kevin Plawecki back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
If all goes well in rehab, both Wright and d'Arnaud should return to the Mets in early June.