Wright, Ike take steps forward

July, 9, 2011
David Wright ran at nearly full throttle in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Saturday and expects to advance to full running and sliding on Monday, Terry Collins said. The organization is eyeing Wednesday for Wright's first minor league rehab game. Terry Collins said Wright should get 30-40 minor league at-bats before his activation.

Collins has eyed July 22 at Florida for Jose Reyes' return to the lineup from a left hamstring strain. He is hoping Wright returns from a stress fracture in his lower back within days of that mark. Reyes, incidentally, will resume taking grounders and swinging a bat today at AT&T Park before the Mets-Giants game.

Meanwhile, Ike Davis had positive news. Working at Fischer Sports in his native Arizona, Davis ran on a treadmill bearing his full weight Saturday, according to Collins. "He came out of it great," Collins said. Davis will advance to running on a field next week, but the positive news has the Mets believing cartilage damage has healed and the first baseman will avoid season-ending microfracture surgery.

"Three more weeks we should be in pretty good shape," Collins said about the three projected returns.

When it was noted the bench would be that much stronger with current starters filling lesser roles, Collins said: "The look of the club is certainly going to be different."

Asked if he had identified who might be the second baseman between Ruben Tejada, Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy once Davis, Reyes and Wright return, Collins said it's too early, noting return projections are imprecise.

"It's just talk," the manager said.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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