Terry Collins: David Wright believes doctor may clear him Monday

NEW YORK -- There has been plenty of unrealized optimism before, so take it with a grain of salt. But manager Terry Collins spoke with David Wright this weekend. And the New York Mets captain believes Dr. Robert Watkins will sign off on beginning bona fide baseball activity when they meet on Monday.

Wright is rehabbing in Los Angeles. He is dealing with spinal stenosis in his lower back.

"He's doing some things that are related to baseball activities," Collins said. "He's got a doctor's appointment on Monday. He's hoping that he can start some other, more aggressive things on the field real soon."

Wright said in Los Angeles a week ago that he was pattering his feet and hoped to begin actual running shortly thereafter. He may take a month to gear up for a major league game once he is cleared for baseball activity.