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Thursday, August 29, 2013
David Wright eyes 2013 return

By Adam Rubin
ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- David Wright has resolved to return to the New York Mets this season, even though waiting until 2014 to return to major league action might be the safest course.

Wright has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3 with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain, the middle of three levels of severity.

"This is what I do. I want to play," Wright said Thursday morning. "It's against a lot of -- pretty much everything -- that I believe in just to shut the season down and get ready for next year. You've got 25 guys in that room battling right now, and obviously we're in an uphill battle with some of the injuries and some of the trades and things that have happened. So I want to get back and join my teammates and try to help them finish strong.

"And then the second part of that is, personally, I don't want the next time I take the field to be spring training, with the uncertainty of not being able to finish the season strong and healthy."

Wright plans to travel from New York to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., later Thursday to continue working back from the injury. The Mets captain said he is not ready to enter minor league games, "but hopefully soon."

For now, Wright only is jogging, so at some point the third baseman still needs to test the hamstring running and rounding bases.

"The doctors, the medical staff have all said, 'Look, this is a six-week injury,'" Wright said. "I think I'm ahead of schedule.

"I'm progressing well. I'm running -- I wouldn't say it's a run. It's probably a quick jog -- maybe 60 percent, 70 percent. I'm swinging the bat fine, I'm fielding, I'm doing all that stuff. It's just a matter of being able to run full speed, running the bases, starting and stopping. That's the most important thing."