MLB roundup: Mets' Wright could return Tuesday

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New York Mets star third baseman David Wright could return to the lineup Tuesday after missing more than a month with a hamstring strain, according to MLB.com.

Wright last played on Aug. 2 against the Kansas City Royals when he was injured.

The 30-year-old has been running around bases as part of his rehab. He was not able to play in minor league rehab games because the season ended at the beginning of the month.

Wright is batting .309 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI with a .391 on-base percentage this year.

The Mets, hosting the Miami Marlins this weekend, start a series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

---The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Saturday that they are shutting down injured left-handed starter Wandy Rodriguez for the rest of the season.

The Pirates said they "have decided to shut down Wandy Rodriguez due to continuing pain and discomfort in his left forearm. Wandy has worked diligently to return to action but despite all Wandy's and our medical staffs' work and efforts, he has not been able to return to pitch without pain.

"We have decided that it is in Wandy's best interests and the Pirates' best interests to allow more time for the injury to the flexor tendon in his left forearm to heal and to shift our focus from a return in 2013 to having Wandy ready for Opening Day 2014."

Rodriguez has not pitched since June 5. He went 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 12 starts this year. He has a $13 million player option for next season.

---Vladimir Guerrero told Spanish language publication Listin Diario on Saturday that he is retiring from baseball after a 16-year major-league career.

Guerrero last played in the majors on Sept. 28, 2011, as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. He also played for the Montreal Expos (1996-2003), Anaheim and Los Angeles Angels (2004-09) and Texas Rangers (2010).

For the past two seasons, Guerrero tried out for teams and played in an independent league in hopes of making it back to the majors and gunning for 500 home runs.

"I decided to announce my retirement due to my desire to spend more time with my family, as well as because of the two operations that I've had on my right knee," he said.

Guerrero had a career batting line of .318/.379/.553 with 449 home runs, 1,496 RBI, 1,328 runs, 477 doubles and 181 stolen bases.

A nine-time All-Star, Guerrero won the American League MVP in 2004 with the Angels.

Guerrero will join Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Jorge Posada as first-timers on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot.
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