According to manager Terry Collins, third baseman David Wright made about 30 throws at about 60-70 feet and took took 25 grounders today as eases his way back into playing condition. Wright also got into the cage and took batting practice, Collins said, but “still has a long way to go.”
Wright met up with reporters and told them that the plan going forward is to throw every other day and to increase the distance a little each time. “It was fun, but there’s still a ways to go before I start to feel comfortable,” he explained. “Hopefully it will get better and better each day.”
Wright remains hopeful that he’ll be ready for Opening Day but was still non-committal. It was nice to see him go out and take outdoor batting practice with Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce. And then he stuck around for a long time to sign autographs for fans with Matt Harvey and others.
Original Report – 10:20 AM
New York Mets third baseman David Wright threw a baseball on Sunday, indoors at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. It was the first time he threw a ball since last June before he had season-ending neck surgery.
When I probed to find out a little more regarding how Wright’s throwing went, I was told no cameras or reporters were allowed.
@Ackert_NYDN Was he throwing normally or flipping the ball with that sidearm motion we saw a lot last season?
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Wright, 34, did not participate in fielding practice with his teammates later in the morning on Sunday a few beat writers reported. Hopefully, we’ll get an update from Wright himself later today or tomorrow.
Last week, Wright admitted that he has tempered expectations for himself but still believes he can help the team which he believes is good enough to win a World Series.
“You’re talking about a back issue that affects the way I have to prepare before a game everyday. Hopefully the neck issue is resolved. There’s not really much that I have to maintain for that. The main focus now is getting my back ready for a long season.”
“This is a fun time to be a Met and I want to be part of this winning season that I think we are going to have. I think I really have some good baseball left in me.”