Wright scratched from intrasquad

March, 3, 2012
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Terry Collins scratched David Wright from Saturday's intrasquad game, despite the third baseman wanting to play.

Wright felt stiffness/soreness on his left side, nearly underneath the arm, early in the week. He was limited in workouts Monday and Tuesday as a precaution, but has been going full throttle in workouts since. Collins did not want him going at game speed until Monday's Grapefruit League opener, so he pulled Wright from Saturday's intrasquad.

Wright will go through team workouts in the morning normally. Collins said the issue arose during an infield drill.

"I was good to play today, but obviously being an intrasquad and so early, they want a few more days," Wright said. "... It's their decision. If it were real games, obviously I'd be playing. They want to try to take it slow, especially this early in spring."

Collins originally mentioned Wright's right side as the issue, but the team later identified it as left rib-cage soreness.

Wright would not even define the precise issue. Asked if it was a lat muscle that troubled him, he replied: "No. I've been going at full speed for three days now. I was kind of limited for two days. I guess it would have been Monday and Tuesday. And then since then I've been going fine. They just want to go two more days full speed and then I'll play Monday.

"It was just some soreness that you just didn't want to escalate into something else. They limited me for two days. And, like I said, I've been going full speed."

Asked where it hurt, Wright replied: "It doesn't hurt. I feel like I can play today. This is out of my hands."

Where do trainers think it hurts? "I can do this all day," Wright said, playing coy.
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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