David Wright was taking grounders at Citi Field and is on track to return to the Mets Sept. 1, the day after he is eligible to come off the DL.
J.J. Putz, who threw a simulated game on Saturday, tossing 19 pitches. He will begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday with the Brooklyn Cyclones. From Brooklyn he will pitch for the Binghamton Mets, then the major league club.
Though Wright should be in no rush at all to return, Putz has something to prove. The Mets hold a 2010 club option worth $8.6 million with a $1 million buyout.
Yikes. That’s a lot to pay a set-up man.