Mets, Wright aim for mid-March timetable to start playing the field

The Mets do not expect David Wright to play any third base for a couple more weeks. The Mets’ captain is battling spinal stenosis and coming off surgery for a herniated disk that saw him miss 125 games last season. Wright has been able to swing the bat and field ground balls for a couple of months, but has just recently began throwing a baseball for the first time since his surgery in June.

Manager Terry Collins said mid-March is the current timetable for Wright to begin playing third base. “He is making strides,” Collins said. “You are looking at, three weeks from today we will have a real good idea where he is at.” Wright is expected to DH this weekend in the team’s first exhibition game against the Red Sox. How he progresses over the next six weeks will give a glimpse to the Mets and their fans, just what type of production they will get this year out of the seven-time All-Star.


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