New York Mets third baseman David Wright's third rehab game came to a premature halt on Thursday when lightning suspended play in the first inning at Class A St. Lucie.

Wright will be back in the lineup at third base when the suspended game resumes Friday night. It will mark the second game in the field for Wright, who struck out in his lone at-bat Thursday.

The Mets captain is 2-for-7 in parts of three games. He served as designated hitter on Monday in his first rehab game and played six innings in the field the following night before taking Wednesday off.

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Wright is trying to battle his way back from spinal stenosis - a narrowing of the spinal column. He has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury on April 14 in New York's eighth game of the season.

Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, on the disabled list since Aug. 2 due to a pinched nerve in his neck, started a rehab assignment at St. Lucie on Thursday and drew a walk in his only at-bat.