New York Mets third baseman David Wright took the next step to overcome his nagging rib injury and make his start on Opening Day by taking batting practice on Sunday.
This is a huge step in the rehabilitation process as it proves he is that much closer to being able to swing a bat in a real game.
“It felt good, so I guess check this off the list,” Wright told Mets.com. “We’ll hopefully progress a little more tomorrow.”
The idea is to continue testing his strained left intercostal muscle with various activities that will physically prepare him to play in a Major League Baseball game. Since being allowed to begin baseball activities earlier this past week, Wright has added goals to his growing list of doings. Fielding ground balls at third base and successful batting practice sessions certainly mean the nine-year veteran is inching closer to being healthy.
Whether Wright will be able to be in the lineup on Opening Day is still unknown. The 30-year-old is “optimistic” that he will be able to suit up with his teammates, but his progress over the next week will decide his fate. If anything, the Mets should not push him to be ready for the first start of the season if it could ultimately cause harm to his rehabilitation process.
With that being said, Wright’s teammates would like nothing more than for their captain to run out on the field with them on Opening Day.
Wright was recently named the fourth captain in the organization’s history. He joins Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco as the only players to receive the great honor in Mets history. Wright also becomes the third active player in the majors to be named a captain, joining New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko.