Mets captain David Wright said he felt butterflies on Sunday in his first taste of live baseball since last August, but by the end of his day he felt he had "something to build on."
"It's good to get out there," said Wright, who started at third base for Single-A St. Lucie and went 0-for-3 at the plate in his first rehab game. "Hopefully the results will come, but for now, getting three at-bats, going out there and playing in the field for five innings, seeing some pitches -- some really dominant pitching."
Wright struck out his first two times up but flied out to left field in his third and final at-bat in the sixth.
The 35-year-old admitted he has to "be realistic" as he moves forward with his rehab, which he said will continue in the week ahead when the St. Lucie squad returns home.
"I'd like to play in those games," said Wright, who will play Monday night when St. Lucie faces the Florida Fire Frogs. "What I've come to realize these last two months of this baseball rehab is that i certainly need off days periodically and we're going to look at that when we start scheduling."
Wright stressed that his path forward depends on the kind of results he is able to show after some rehab games.
"In order for me to go up there and try to help those guys, I'm going to have to show that I can be productive and go out there and be counted on to make the plays."
Wright has played just 75 games since the 2015 season as he has been plagued by neck, back, and shoulder injuries. He last played in the major leagues in May of 2016.
Wright has a career .296/.376/.491 batting line with 242 home runs and 970 RBIs dating back to his debut in 2004.