David Wright: “Last year sucked” and “I fully expect us to be in the playoffs”

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David Wright has made enough progress in his recovery from a season-ending shoulder injury that the Mets third baseman has begun hitting off a tee.

Wright opted against surgery to repair ligament damage in his left shoulder that played a big part in a career-worst season in which he hit just .269 with eight homers and a .698 OPS in 134 games before being shut down.

Here’s what Wright told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post about his current status:

I feel really good. I’m 100 percent confident that I will be physically ready to go. … Now it’s just a matter of me trying to get my left shoulder on a par with my right shoulder, just strength-wise. I feel pain free, which is good, feel like the shoulder is healthy, and now it is just a matter of building up that strength. In my eyes, I’m not too far behind from where I am normally at this time of year.

Wright also predicted “I fully expect us to be in the playoffs” and admitted “for me, personally, last year sucked.”

Wright, who turned 32 years old in December, is under contract for $20 million in 2015 and a total of $107 million through 2020.