David Wright, who last appeared in a major league game May 15, returns from the disabled list. He appeared in six games for Class A St. Lucie -- four at third base, two at DH -- during a rehab assignment in which he hit .476.
Terry Collins said he would bat Wright fourth against the Marlins on Friday.
With Ruben Tejada in Triple-A and Ike Davis relatively likely to miss the remainder of the season, Daniel Murphy manning first base and Justin Turner manning second base for the majority of games seems the most-likely scenario.
Beltran preferences :
Beltran would prefer to stay in the National League, where he is familiar with the opposing pitchers and he would not be used as a designated, a major league executive told ESPNNewYork.com.
Beltran tells Newsday's David Lennon he will shy away from teams that want to use him at DH, and will judge where to accept a trade base on the quality of the pitching staff. Still, Beltran told Lennon going to the AL would not scuttle a trade.
"Right now, if it happens that I have to choose, ... then I have to sit down and say you know what, the decision will be based more on the chances of being able to say they have a good pitching staff," Beltran told Lennon.
"Remember, baseball is about pitching, so you want to be on a team where they have a good pitching staff, because those are the guys that are going to get you to the playoffs."Bringing Back Beltran Next Year?
Sandy Alderson apparently is open to bringing back Beltran in 2012, even after trading him, according to David Waldstein in the Times. That sounds like a long shot, especially if the Mets are successful re-signing Jose Reyes.
According to two people in baseball familiar with the situation, the team contacted Scott Boras, Beltran’s agent, and asked if he would be amenable to that notion. They were informed that Beltran would be willing to consider the idea of re-signing with the Mets in the off-season, even if he is traded in the coming days. While a re-signing may never happen, especially considering the Mets’ financial problems, the idea that the team is sending out feelers about the possibility of Beltran returning demonstrates how far the Mets and the outfielder have come after their bitter dispute surrounding Beltran’s knee operation 18 months ago.