David Wright said on Tuesday that he has been pleasantly surprised with how he feels and that while he's cautiously optimistic, there are still some hurdles to clear.
Since reporting to Tradition Field earlier this month, Wright has been taking infield practice and hitting in the batting cage at Tradition Field, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.
He explained that the biggest hurdle he has to clear is throwing from third base, which Terry Collins said should happen later this week.
Wright, 34, had season-ending neck surgery last June after playing just 37 games, prior to which he was managing chronic lumbar spinal stenosis, which limited him to just 38 games in 2015.
Regarding Opening Day, Wright said it's the goal but said it would come down to both his health and how quickly he can get up to speed baseball-wise.
As of now, Collins said the Mets and Wright have yet to discuss the details of his playing time, though he hopes they can meet soon to create a formal plan.
"We want to try and set something down on paper for David, to be smart," Collins explained. "We realize it has to be adjusted each and every day. There are going to be times he is going to get up in the morning, he's not going to feel very good and we're going to have to adjust."
In December, Collins told WLIE 540 AM that he intends to get Wright multiple days off each week during the regular season, with Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores playing third during Wright's absence.
In an effort to create a rhythm and understanding of Wright's health, Collins said Wright will likely get in to Grapefruit League games earlier than he has in previous spring trainings.
"He feels good," Collins concluded. "But, we're going to be cautious with him."