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    Injury surely pulled A.J. Puckett down to No. 47.
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    Prospect Vote: Round 48Injury surely pulled A.J. Puckett down to No. 47. Now,
    who is the 48th-best prospect in the White Sox
    system?CDTShareTweetShareShareSouth Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 48C’mon, 2020:
    Puckett succumbed to elbow surgery not long after this first-day ST photo was
    snapped.Kim Contreras/South Side SoxAs we count down the SSS Prospect Vote,
    we’ll be counting up the overall list of Top 100 Prospects, with the SSS poll
    vote counting as a voice in the order of our official SSS Top 100.We’ve shuffled
    around the master list of eligible players, as we hold the last few votes up to
    No. 50, so there are two new names on the ballot for this vote.A final note: All
    copy below the poll, unless otherwise noted, comes from wsm’s Deep Dive series.
    Credit due. YOTH is just running the numbers.Sound cool? Now, get voting!Voting
    results for Round 47A.J. Puckett remained on the ballot for a long while, no
    doubt an effect of him sitting out 2019 after injury. He took 23 of 69 (65.9%)
    votes. The more fascinating battle was for second
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    , where the remaining four players all finished within
    four votes of one another. Puckett finished No. 20 in last year’s poll.2019
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    Right-Handed Starting PitchersMore information on our polling. NEW YORK (AP) —
    David Wright took live batting practice Tuesday at Citi Field as the New York
    Mets captain tries to complete his comeback from a string of debilitating
    injuries.The third baseman originally was scheduled to play defense in a
    simulated game as well, but those plans were scrapped on a drizzly afternoon
    because the infield was wet and muddy.Wright faced Mets minor league pitching
    prospects Justin Dunn and David Peterson, simulating game at-bats for the second
    time in four days. The seven-time All-Star did similar work Saturday, also
    taking grounders on the field.“I’m really excited and I’m really satisfied with
    how these two simulated games went,” Wright said. “Took some good swings, took
    some bad swings.”The 35-year-old Wright said he’s still trying to regain his
    timing, and he’ll need to see how he feels Wednesday before looking ahead to the
    next step.“It’s getting a little better,” Wright said. “I’m still fouling a lot
    of pitches off, which for me at least in my mind tells me that the rhythm’s off
    and my timing’s off, but towards the end there it got a little bit better. Put
    some good swings on it. So, I’ll take that.”Wright hasn’t played in the major
    leagues since May 2016 due to
    neck ,
    back and shoulder injuries that required surgery. He has said he believes he’ll
    return to the Mets this season, and reiterated that he expects to meet with
    chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon in the next few days to formulate a
    plan.“They certainly know where I stand,” Wright said. “We’ll see where the
    conversation takes us, and hopefully work something out.”Wright has salaries of
    $20 million this year, $15 million next season and $12 million in 2020, the
    final year of his deal. If the Mets reinstate him from the 60-day disabled list,
    it would likely diminish the amount of insurance money they could collect on his
    contract.“For me, this is over two years of work. That’s coming out into the
    field to try to get back and play in a major league game,” Wright said. “So
    certainly, my short-term goal and, as it’s been the last couple
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    , my long-term goal is to put that uniform on and go out
    there and play again.”New York’s current homestand ends Thursday, but the Mets
    finish the season with six games at Citi Field from Sept. 25-30.“The biggest
    thing for me is just how my body responds,” said Wright, wearing an NYPD cap on
    the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “I would say the second-biggest thing
    is obviously results.”Wright hit a combined .171 with a double and two RBIs in
    41 at-bats during 10 games for Class A St. Lucie and two with Triple-A Las Vegas
    last month. His rehab assignment expired and the season is over for New York’s
    farm teams, so Wright no longer has any tuneup opportunities in minor league
    games this year.“Obviously, the circumstances aren’t great, physically, or
    running out of minor league games, but you do what you can do and that’s all we
    can do at this point,” he said. “So I’m going to try to get as comfortable as I
    can and then kind of go from there.”