Wright gives thumbs up after return

March, 29, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- David Wright went 0-for-3 in his return to Grapefruit League action. But after logging five innings at third base, Wright indicated he is recovered from the strained intercostal muscle on his left side and ready for Opening Day.

Wright plans to play again Saturday in Sarasota, as the Mets wrap up spring-training action against the Baltimore Orioles.

Wright grounded out and lined out to second base, both against right-hander Jake Westbrook. Then, facing lefty Marc Rzepczynski, he flied out to right field. Wright does go opposite field often, but that also could signal his timing is not fully back yet.

He played in minor league games this week, but had not seen upper-tier pitching since the World Baseball Classic two weeks ago.

"The game action on the minor league fields, I think, helped me feel a little more comfortable today," Wright said. "Everything's good."

Wright remains confident he will be in the lineup Opening Day.

"I've said all along the same, and that hasn't changed to this point," Wright said.

Asked how he felt compared with how he typically does on the eve of a season, Wright added: "I feel about the same, I guess. Of course I would have liked a few more at-bats. But I don't have that luxury right now. I'll get the most out of what I can tomorrow and we'll be ready to go. Right now I feel pretty good considering the circumstances."
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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