Wright to start rehab games on Monday

Wright to start rehab games on Monday

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Mets announced Sunday that team captain David Wright will serve as designated hitter on Monday and play third base on Tuesday when the seven-time all-star begins a rehab assignment for Class A Advanced St. Lucie.

Wright has been sidelined since April 14, when he strained his right hamstring against the Phillies. The 12-year veteran was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis - a narrowing of spaces in the spine which causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Wright's condition is in the lower back, which is where 75 percent of such cases occur.

Wright has been undergoing physical therapy on his back for most of the summer, and completed five straight days of baseball activity on Saturday.

Mets manager Terry Collins stated on Saturday that he hopes to have Wright be capable of playing "four days in a row" upon his return to the club.

The Mets are targeting a total of about 30 at-bats for Wright in his rehab assignments, which would indicate a return date of 10 days barring any setbacks.

Wright was named team captain in March of 2013, when he joined Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco as the only captains in Mets history.

Michael Kolligian is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.