David Wright rehab games eyed next week

NEW YORK -- David Wright will continue to work out with the New York Mets during a three-game series that begins Monday in Miami. Then, when the Mets depart for the following series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wright is due to head to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, to begin getting "eased" into minor league rehab games, manager Terry Collins said.

Wright has not appeared in a game since suffering a right hamstring strain on April 14. The primary issue soon thereafter became lower back pain. Wright has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis -- a narrowing of the spinal cavity that affects the nerves.

Wright has demonstrated no discomfort or reservations while working out with the Mets before games at Citi Field this week, according to Collins. The 32-year-old captain also is displaying stronger throws, now that he is using his legs more than in the past.

Collins acknowledged that it still remains to be seen how Wright handles diving for baseballs, but there is widespread optimism Wright will not be hindered when he returns to the majors in a few weeks.

A conversation between Wright and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly in Los Angeles in early July helped prepare Wright to get into a baseball routine and increased Wright's confidence. Mattingly had nearly identical back symptoms to Wright late in his playing career with the New York Yankees.

“We just talked about sort of the routines, some of the issues that you have coming out of that,” Mattingly said.