Mets manager Terry Collins said over the weekend that David Wright is at least a week away from making his spring training debut, but today the seven-time All-Star third baseman reiterated that he’ll be ready for Opening Day.
Here’s some of what Wright told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com about his lack of offseason conditioning work due to spinal stenosis:
You’re still talking about a long ways away. I think that this could be beneficial to me because I’m getting really good work in. … There were some things that I felt I need to work on mechanically fielding, and I wouldn’t be able to do that along with getting ready for a game.
General manager Sandy Alderson has suggested that the Mets plan to use Wright for no more than 130 games this season, which would equate to one or two days off per week. Managing his workload and overall health will be an ongoing issue for Wright and the Mets this season and perhaps for the rest of his career, so getting a late start in spring training isn’t such a big deal.
He played just 38 games last season, hitting .289 with five homers and an .814 OPS at age 32. Wright hasn’t played 125 games and topped an .800 OPS in a season since 2012.