Mets third baseman David Wright struck out and walked in two plate appearances and played five innings at third base in his second rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Monday.
"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."
Wright, who last appeared in a major-league game in May 2016, went 0-for-3 and played five innings on Sunday in his first rehab game as he looks to return from various back, neck and shoulder injuries.
Wright struck out looking in the first inning and walked in the fourth inning. He recorded a fielder's choice by fielding a grounder and stepping on the bag in the first inning and caught a pop-up in the top of the fourth.
"You can't mimic game speed," said Wright, who is expected to take Tuesday off and resume playing later this week. "Even if it's the Florida State League, we've got some powerful arms we've seen back to back here. You can't mimic this in BP, you can't mimic it taking ground balls. It's just, you got to play, got to play, got to get at-bats."
The 35-year-old Wright appeared in 37 games in 2016 and 38 games in 2015, when he was first diagnosed with spinal stenosis.
In his 13-year career, Wright has a .296/.376/.491 batting line with 242 home runs and 970 RBIs.
Wright is signed through the 2020 season but hopes he can make an impact with the 2018 ballclub, despite their struggles.
"In order for me to go up there and try to help those guys," Wright said on Sunday, "I'm going to have to show that I can be productive and go out there and be counted on to make the plays."