David Wright is taking his time working his way back from injury.
PORT ST. LUCIE — While there has been some growing private concern about David Wright’s slow progress this spring, the Mets captain is not worried. He will not play in Grapefruit League games this week and there is no target date for his spring debut, but Wright said Monday morning that he has no doubt he will be ready for Opening Night, April 3 in Kansas City.
“No. Not at all. I think that you are still talking about a long ways away and I think this could be beneficial to me because I’m getting really good work in,” Wright said. “The last couple of days I’ve gotten some really good sessions in with (Tim) Teufel as far as my fielding goes.
“There were some things I felt I needed to work on mechanically fielding, I wouldn’t be able to do that along with getting ready for a game,” Wright said. “I’m looking at it on the positive side where yeah, I’m a little late to games but I’m getting some work in that I wouldn’t normally be able to get in.”
Wright has been held back by the medical staff this spring as he deals with the spinal stenosis, a back condition that cost him 115 games last season.
Terry Collins said Sunday the hope was that Wright would get 10 to 12 games this spring. Privately the Mets have targetted March 18 to have Wright ready for spring games, but Monday there were some who were privately anxious about meeting that deadline. Wilmer Flores started at third Monday, something he will do a lot of this season to help maintain Wright’s health.
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Bartolo Colon made his first Grapefruit League appearance, allowing one run on four hits in three innings of the Mets’ 7-3 win in a split-squad game against the Tigers. Colon struck out two and did not issue a walk.
“It’s very exciting, particularly because it means I am back here with the Mets,” Colon said through an interpreter. “The most important thing is that I feel healthy.”
In the other game, Steven Matz allowed one run on one hit in the Mets’ 9-4 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Matz struck out the side in the second inning and walked two.
Closer Jeurys Familia also made his first appearance Monday, pitching a clean inning with two strikeouts.
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