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Friday, March 7, 2014
David Wright hitless in spring debut

Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- David Wright said making his spring training debut wasn't exactly like getting back on a bike, but the New York Mets captain was happy to be back on the field.

"First game, everything feels a little awkward," Wright said Friday after going 0-for-3 in a 5-all tie with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wright hit into a pair of groundouts around a double-play grounder.

"It doesn't help all that much that the first guy you face is throwing 97 (mph)," he said of the Cardinals' Carlos Martinez.

"But it's good. It's good to get out there and get the first one under your belt. I didn't get any balls hit to me at third, but three at-bats -- at-bats where I got to see some pitches. I didn't really do much, but it was nice to get back out there and get in the swing of things, in the flow of things."

Mets manager Terry Collins decided during the offseason to hold out Wright and second baseman Daniel Murphy in the first week. The pair missed the bulk of spring training last year due to oblique injuries.

Wright isn't concerned about having enough time to get ready for the season.

"Starting the last week of spring training, you want to start getting dialed in with your routine, trying to make it as close as you would to game time in New York," he said.

St. Louis outfield prospect Oscar Taveras also made his spring training debut, going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Taveras had ankle surgery in August.

"Everything felt good coming out of the (batter's) box," Taveras said through an interpreter. "When I hit the double, I felt good. I didn't have any pain turning around the bases. This was my first game. I still have plenty of time to show I can get ready to play."

Matt Holliday and Kolten Wong each had three hits and drove in two runs for St. Louis. Holliday was 3-for-3, and Wong was 3-for-4 with a double and stolen base.

New York's Anthony Recker hit an opposite-field homer to right in the seventh against Alexander Reyes.