Team officials are proceeding slowly with Wright this spring training after he missed four months in 2015 while dealing with spinal stenosis in his lower back. Because doctors recommended Wright take a full month off after the World Series, the captain got a late start on his preparations for this season.
"When the season was over, part of the thing he was told was to really rest -- to completely rest," Collins said. "No exercise. Just let it rest. And so he did. When he started working out, he was basically three or four weeks behind where he normally is. So he decided, 'I can't just afford to rush it.' And he's right. Everybody has supported that -- the doctors, the physical therapists behind it all. So we've just pushed it back.
"We certainly looked up, not just with David, but what a lot of guys have done if they don't really get the 55 to 60 at-bats we want. Some of them have got off to pretty good starts, probably because they're pretty fresh. So when David is ready to play, we've got a lot of options and ways to get him at-bats, so he can see live pitching and get up to speed. But we've got to make sure we don't push it, because his health is of utmost importance right now.
"I certainly would like to get him into 10 or 12 games to get him at-bats, and then let him go to the minor-league side the days he's not with us and let him go face live pitching over there without having to worry about playing defense. I still think you need to get him out there [in some Grapefruit League games] to see the speed of the ball defensively."
Also on the injury front, Collins predicted right fielder Curtis Granderson would play in his first Grapefruit League game on Wednesday. Granderson had been dealing with what was announced as pinkeye. He has worn eyeglasses, not contact lenses, since the issue arose early last week.
"Apparently the doctors feel that he did basically have something in his eye that kind of scratched part of his eye," Collins said. "So they want to make sure it has plenty of chance to heal before putting the contact [lens] in there, where you might have something on it that could form an infection in the eye. So we're going to give him a couple of more days."