PITTSBURGH — David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud took big steps in their rehabs Friday, taking batting practice for the first time since getting hurt, at the Mets’ facility in Port St. Lucie.
The Mets are hoping they will be able to play in minor-league rehab games next week, but have not set a timetable for their major league returns.
Wright, who has been on the disabled list since April 15 with a right hamstring strain, is dealing with lower back pain he suffered during his rehab of the hamstring injury.
D’Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 21 with a fractured right pinkie.
The hitting-challenged Mets could use their bats. Wright is hitting .333 and d’Arnaud .317.
Noah Syndergaard’s night might look better in the morning light. If the Mets appeal the official scoring on a play in the Pirates’ two-run second inning, Lucas Duda likely will be charged with an error, resulting in one less earned run.
“It was an error,” Duda said of Gregory Polanco’s ground ball that got under his glove, which allowed Pedro Alvarez to score. Polanco went on to score on Chris Stewart’s double. “It kind of got up on me.”
Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning for Class-A St. Lucie. He allowed one walk and had one strikeout. He threw 15 pitches. He and Vic Black will continue their rehab in Double-A Binghamton Saturday, the Mets announced.
Parnell is returning from April 2014 Tommy John surgery. Black is rehabbing a herniated disc in his neck.
A MET FAN
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle did not get the memo that the sky is falling on the Mets:
“They have the second-lowest ERA in the National League. That’s never not good to have. It’s always going to play when you give your team a chance to compete. The bullpen is finding its way, with different personnel from the start . . . so it’s a good team.”
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