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NEW YORK -- Even after a full week (and then another day) out of the Mets lineup, David Wright never said that his left shoulder is back to 100 percent.
He did say he feels good enough to play, and proved it well enough Saturday night, going 1 for 4 in his return to the lineup for the Mets' 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
"There was no discomfort," manager Terry Collins said after watching closely while Wright took ground balls before batting practice began Saturday. "No anxiety."
Wright missed seven games with what was diagnosed as a bruised left (non-throwing) rotator cuff. The Mets decided against putting him on the disabled list, in the belief they'd be hurt less by playing short-handed than by being without Wright for two weeks when they thought he could return in less time.
Wright said that with the week off and the treatment, he saw considerable improvement in the shoulder. He said he was able to go through drills Saturday that would have been difficult for him a week before.
"I'm definitely much better," he said. "The progression has been good. ... I feel like I'm able to go out there and compete and hit and throw, and that's different from a week ago."
Wright said he believes he'll be able to go back to playing every day. He also said that he doesn't expect to be limited on the field. He admitted that head-first dives could be a problem, but said he was trying to limit them even before now.
Danny Knobler is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.