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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mets 3B David Wright says he is "50-50" to play Monday against Cards

In a report by David Lennon of NY Newsday, David Wright described himself as "50-50" to play Monday against the Cardinals in Jupiter after taking live batting practice against two Mets minor-leaguers Sunday.

Wright has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game after suffering a small abdominal muscle tear earlier this month. Since then, the Mets have been extremely careful with him, and Sunday's session was one of the last hurdles for him to clear before finally getting the green light.

Wright said he must wait until Monday morningto know for sure if he'll make the 45-minute bus trip to Roger Dean Stadium. The plan is for Wright to discuss how he feels with Terry Collins, and then a decision will be made. Collins said Sunday it is "possible" Wright will play in Jupiter.

"I'm going to show up and hopefully, I feel OK," Wright said, "because there's a difference between batting practice and taking swings in a game. Hopefully, I feel good waking up [Monday] and then we'll see what [Monday] holds."

The good news is Wright felt fine after facing Class A righthander Mike Powers and Double-A lefthander Robert Carson. Wright drilled a line drive off Powers that smacked hard against the rightfield wall -- and nearly cut down Jonathon Niese, who was jogging along the warning track.

That surprised hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who skipped Sunday's trip to Viera in order to watch Wright. After seeing that, and knowing the work Wright already has put in, Hudgens proclaimed him "ready to go."

"I'm anxious, but I also don't want to do anything that's going to set me back," Wright said. "So I understand the process. This is like the first week of spring training for me, as far as I'm concerned, and now I've taken my first live swinging, so I'm cautiously optimistic."

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