LAKELAND, Fla. -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright went 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout in a minor league intrasquad game Monday in Port St. Lucie. It marked his first game action of spring training. Wright did not play the field.
The Mets are easing Wright into competition -- aiming to get him enough at-bats to be sharp on Opening Day, while not overdoing things and affecting his back.
Wright missed four months of last season while dealing with spinal stenosis. He returned Aug. 24 and played through the World Series while getting strategic rest.
Manager Terry Collins said Wright is expected to play in minor league games Tuesday and Thursday. He then should enter his first Grapefruit League game late this week.
"You don't know what to expect your first time taking at-bats as far as timing and stuff, and that was really secondary to going out there, simulating some at-bats in a game-like situation," Wright told TCPalm.com. "Taking some swings, trying to run to first base, run the bases a little bit -- I thought it went great. Obviously, the biggest thing now is try to get some timing, but I feel mechanically, health-wise, I thought it worked out great. Now it's just a matter of doing it over and over again."
Wright also told the newspaper: "[I was] itching [to play] and, as silly as it sounds, nervous -- just because always the first few game situations you're nervous a little bit. You want to go out there and get something out of it. You don't want to go through the motions. Sometimes it's easy to kind of go through spring -- it's so monotonous -- to kind of go through it instead of trying to get something out of it. That's one thing I've really tried to work on this spring."
Collins has indicated that he would like Wright to appear in 10 to 12 Grapefruit League games.