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Wright in swing, moves toward avoiding DL

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- David Wright’s first session taking live batting practice since the World Baseball Classic went well Sunday, increasing optimism he will be ready for Opening Day.

David Wright

David Wright

#5 3B
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM156
  • HR21

  • RBI93

  • R91

  • OBP.391

  • AVG.306

“It’s the next step,” Wright said. “Any time you get to the next step, it’s a significant step. It’s one step closer.”

Terry Collins cautioned that in the cases of Wright and Daniel Murphy, the worst-case scenario would be that they would open the season with backdated disabled-list stints, meaning they only would be required to miss the first five games of the season.

Because Wright had competitive at-bats in the WBC before his recent idle time, he should be able to ramp up quickly, assuming the strained intercostal muscle on his left side cooperates.

“It’s important that I see how I feel tonight, I see how I feel tomorrow,” Wright said. “I’ve said all along that Opening Day is my goal. Like I said before, this is one step closer to attaining that goal.”