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David Wright has begun low-level baseball activities in Florida


Mets third baseman David Wright has not played in a game in over a year, but the Mets announced yesterday that he has finished medical rehab work and has begun “light baseball activities” at the Mets complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Wright has been sidelined since last May, first with a cervical disc herniation and, more recently, a shoulder impingement. He has appeared in just 75 games since his last full season in 2014. Wright is under contract through 2020 and is owed $47 million after this year. For now insurance is picking up a large portion of that.

It seems unlikely that Wright will play this year, though it’s certainly possible. The smarter play, given all of his setbacks, would seem to be to simply get him to a place where he can throw and maybe it off a tee or something to close the year and then hope that he can report to spring training next season at 100%.


Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

New Era

There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: