New York Mets’ David Wright takes batting practice for the first time in weeks
New York Mets’ David Wright took batting practice today for the first time in three weeks.
The third baseman has been sidelined due to a muscle tear in his left rib cage.
This morning, Wright took live batting practice in addition to fielding drills and throwing the ball around with his teammates.
“I feel about as good as I can feel for the first time picking up a bat in a few weeks,” Wright said. “Hopefully it gets better from here result-wise from just being out there and getting a chance to go through a full day, a full round of batting practice and not feel anything, that’s pretty good.”
Wright has yet to participate in a Grapefruit League game, but manager Terry Collins believes that he could make his debut sometime next week.
If the injury had occurred during the regular season, it is likely that Wright would have kept playing.
“It wasn’t so much a sharp pain. It’s just more of an uncomfortable cramp,” Wright explained. “This would have been one of the times where I would have hoped that I could have played through it, but it doesn’t make any sense doing that now.”
Wright is confident that he will be prepared to take the field on opening day.
Last season, Wright batted .254, hitting 14 home runs and 61 RBIs.