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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Wright in swing, moves toward avoiding DL

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- David Wright’s first session taking live batting practice since the World Baseball Classic went well Sunday, increasing optimism he will be ready for Opening Day.

“It’s the next step,” Wright said. “Any time you get to the next step, it’s a significant step. It’s one step closer.”

Terry Collins cautioned that in the cases of Wright and Daniel Murphy, the worst-case scenario would be that they would open the season with backdated disabled-list stints, meaning they only would be required to miss the first five games of the season.

Because Wright had competitive at-bats in the WBC before his recent idle time, he should be able to ramp up quickly, assuming the strained intercostal muscle on his left side cooperates.

“It’s important that I see how I feel tonight, I see how I feel tomorrow,” Wright said. “I’ve said all along that Opening Day is my goal. Like I said before, this is one step closer to attaining that goal.”