Anthony DiComo, of www.mlb.com, reports that Ryan Church is one step closer to returning.
On Thursday, he played five innings for Class A Brooklyn, finishing 3-for-3 at the plate. He will play again on Friday, and could join the Mets as soon as this weekend.
Church, on the disabled list since June 6 with post-concussion syndrome, rapped out two infield hits and a double, scoring one run and driving in another. He did not have any outfield chances.
Among those watching Church play were vice president of player development Tony Bernazard and general manager Omar Minaya, who will make a decision regarding Church's availability after Friday night's game in Brooklyn.
Church was batting .300 with 10 home runs before suffering his second concussion of the year in late May. The Mets placed him on the disabled list roughly two weeks later.
(So, the earliest we may see Church is Saturday, since he’s playing Friday night’s game in Brooklyn.)