NEW YORK -- David Wright, who returned to the lineup after missing a game with an inflamed right thumb, said he was not skittish getting into the batter's box after Thursday's beaning. The captain also said he is looking forward to Sunday's Mike Piazza ceremony inducting the catcher into the team's Hall of Fame.
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Here are his full remarks ...
On the status of his thumb:
"That's what you've got the offseason for, to kind of rest up. I felt like the thumb didn't really prohibit me from doing anything. I felt like I had some good at-bats. I hit the ball hard a couple of times. Some bad luck, but it more or less felt good to be back out there."
"You expect, obviously, when you play here that guys have a little control. When guys are kind of all over the place ... I don't think anybody wants to hit anybody. I'm sure he's trying to throw strikes. But obviously it's a little difficult when they're as erratic as they are. But, again, I don't think they have too much experience. I think this was his first start. So I'm sure he was a little nervous. Like I said, he's not trying to hit anybody. And he's surely not trying to hit anybody with breaking balls and changeups."
On whether he is skittish on high-and-tight balls, which he arguably was after the Matt Cain beaning in 2009:
"No, no, no. I felt like I had good at-bats. I hit the ball right on the nose a couple of times right at some people. I think the one [in the ninth inning with runners on the corners for a double play] hit off [Donovan] Hand's glove and went right to the shortstop or second baseman. So, like I said, it's just one of those days where you have good at-bats and don't really have much to show for it."
On Sunday's ceremony for Piazza:
"I've gotten a chance to see Mike with the Italian team in the World Baseball Classic and kind of seen him here and there. He came to a couple of games in Miami. So it's always kind of good to catch up with former teammates, especially guys who are Hall-of-Fame-caliber players. From what I understand, they sold a lot of tickets. It should be a nice atmosphere -- well-deserving for Mike. I'm definitely going to make sure I'm out there to enjoy it and celebrate Mike's career."
On whether he can envision a ceremony like that for himself some day given he may be a lifelong Met:
"I hope not anytime soon, because I've got seven more years. But it means a lot to me to be with this organization from start to finish, like I've said. I care deeply about this organization. And Mike is a big part of the history of this organization. And, also, he was a teammate. So it will be nice to celebrate Mike. And that's the last thing I'm thinking about is retiring. Hopefully I've got a lot of good years ahead of me."