New York Mets’ David Wright could return Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies

David Wright could be returning from his injury and entering the New York Mets’ line-up on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Wright fractured his pinkie Monday night when he slid into first base on an attempted pick-off play.

The third baseman has been sidelined, missing the last two games. His finger was placed in a splint, and he was told by a hand specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery that he could go back to baseball, “as tolerated.”

“I’m not a doctor, and I don’t mean to step on their toes . . . but when they give us a final diagnosis of the whole thing, my gut is you’ll see him (play) Friday,” manager Terry Collins said after Wednesday’s 4-0 loss against the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg.

Last season, Wright played only 102 games after he was sidelined from back problems. He also sat out for a few weeks of spring training with a strained left abdominal muscle.

If unable to return, second baseman Daniel Murphy could take over at third base, his natural position. Collins however, feels that Wright will be well enough to play, and will not be placed on the disabled list.

“I think David’s gonna be fine,” Collins said confidently “I would not be at all surprised one bit to write his name in the lineup on Friday. Not one bit.”

At the start of the season, Wright was batting .583 with one home run in four games. Last season, Wright hit .254 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs.

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