David Wright's spring training progress will hit another benchmark Monday when he plays back-to-back Grapefruit League games for the first time this March.
Wright was 1-for-3 with an RBI in five innings in the Mets' 9-4 loss to the Red Sox Sunday.
In the field, going to his left, the third baseman failed reach a hard-hit ball by the Red Sox's David Murphy.
"I felt like I had a good beat on it," Wright told reporters. "The good thing is I was there to make the play, now it's a matter of finishing it off."
Mets manager Terry Collins said it was a ball Wright usually gets and said the team needs to speed up the game in practice for Wright.
Collins is unsure if Wright will be ready for Opening Day on April 3.
"I'm hoping there is (enough time)," Collins said. "Do I think so? Yeah. Is there? Well, we'll have to wait and see."
Said Wright: "I want to keep getting at-bats and balls hit to me at third but feeling more and more comfortable. The more games and at-bats you get, it seems more like a routine now rather than trying to figure what the preparation is. Feels like I'm playing baseball again."