David Wright comeback at All-Star break 'realistic possibility'

NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson saysDavid Wright's return may be around the All-Star break in roughly a month.

"Realistically, I'm looking at probably the All-Star break as a realistic possibility," Alderson told reporters at the Brooklyn VA Hospital, according to

Wright landed on the disabled list a week into the season with a hamstring strain. He developed significant back discomfort while rehabbing and was diagnosed with lower back stenosis -- a narrower than typical spinal cavity, which puts pressure on a nerve.

He is doing physical therapy in Los Angeles under the guidance of Dr. Robert Watkins.

"If he's cleared by the end of the month, then I think [Wright returning] two, three weeks into July is realistic," Alderson said. "Am I predicting that? No, I'm not predicting it. But I do think it's realistic."

To preserve another Mets player's health, Alderson suggested that rookie Noah Syndergaard could end up in the bullpen late in the season to limit his innings pitched.

"We're always looking at different combinations and asking ourselves what puts us in the best position to win on a particular day," Alderson said. "So I wouldn't rule that out, but it's not something that we're considering right now."

Also, second baseman Daniel Murphy is expected to return from the disabled list Saturday when he is first eligible. Murphy landed on the DL with a left quadriceps strain.

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