As expected, David Wright will return to the Mets starting lineup Monday when the team heads to Philadelphia, Terry Collins said Sunday.

The Mets manager has said that due to Wright’s injury, he may not be in the lineup every day but that barring any sort of major setback, Wright would join the team in Philly. Collins also said that he intends to bat Wright lower in the batting order to start off.

Over his eight-game rehab stint, Wright hit .321 with five walks and no extra-base hits. He committed three errors in seven games at third base.

Wright is returning after a three-month rehab from lumbar spinal stenosis.

via Collins: Wright will be in Monday’s lineup | Metsblog.

This is great news. Despite those that think his return may ruin chemistry, he is still the face of the franchise. He has been here for the good, the bad, and the ugly and it’s only fair he gets a taste of what has become a special season in Flushing, Queens.

I hope Wright gets slotted back into the 2 hole, which allows the Mets to lengthen their lineup and bring some more stability while strengthening an already strong bench for the stretch run. Not to mention, with rosters expanding in just over a week, their will be plenty of reinforcements available to spell whoever, whenever, needed.