David Wright goes 1-5 this afternoon…
(David Wright in Minor League action this afternoon; Photo taken by Anthony Dicomo, New York Mets beat writer for MLB.com.)
David Wright jumped around a couple of minor league games this afternoon, to get some work in the batters box. In Wright’s first appearance of the season facing live pitching, Wright went 1-5 with a strikeout. His lone hit was a single in his fourth at-bat. Wright did not play the field in any of these games but he did run the bases. According to Newsday’s Marc Carig, Wright will face live batting practice tomorrow, and the Mets will determine his next course of action after their off-day on Wednesday.
The expectation for Wright today was to face some live pitching, and run the bases which was the last step that has been laid out to him by the Mets training staff. I still expect Wright to play in Friday’s contest when the Mets return to Tradition Field to get some in-game action. Wilmer Flores has been working hard at third base all spring and it’s great that he’s receiving tons of reps, as at some point in a worst case scenario, he may be expected to play more third base than he originally expected. Wright has been thought to be limited to 130 games this season, with possibly Wilmer Flores filling in for the other 32 games. As long as Wright’s back feels fine over the next couple of days, I see no reason why he shouldn’t be ready for some game action this week as we approach the middle of Spring Training.