Tuesday, March 27, 2012

David Wright plays back to back days, despite Collins plan to rest him


The Mets plan had been for David Wright to rest today, one day after making his Grapefruit League debut. Instead, Wright felt so strong on Tuesday that he asked manager Terry Collins to let him play a second straight game.

"I felt good considering I've had five at-bats," Wright said after finishing 0-for-2 against the Braves with a sacrifice fly. "I didn't know what to expect with the type of injury that I had. I've never had it before."

Though Wright remains cautious in his return from a strained left abdominal muscle, he is forcing himself to do things "that used to hurt when I tried to do them a couple weeks ago."

"I need to realize that I don't need to have that apprehension that I had before," Wright said. "I feel like I'm getting there, so that's a good thing."

The immediate plan is for Wright to rest Wednesday, before playing Thursday's night game and Friday's day game in succession. If he feels the need, Wright will head to Minor League camp after that for extra at-bats. If not, he will stay with the big club for the rest of Spring Training.

Either way, the third baseman is on pace to be ready well before Opening Day.

"He looks good swinging," manager Terry Collins said. "It's a really good sign."


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