David Wright is still only taking ground balls and not throwing, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday in St. Lucie.
"I don't know if he's in the cage yet, but I know he's been running and taking ground balls," he added. "But that is something that he's got to keep doing, because when the arm comes, the legs will be under him."
In early March, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone said it might not be until the end of the month, and after another exam, before Wright is able to stand at third base and throw a baseball across the diamond.
May 22, 2016; Wright (5) hits a single against the Brewers at Citi Field. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports
"In other words, I'm not expecting Wright to get his first big-league at bat until at least May - and that's assuming he doesn't experience any other set backs along the way," Cerrone added. He can throw. However, what once was just mild irritation in his shoulder after neck surgery has turned in to radiating pain and weakness when he raises his hand and arm above his shoulder."
Wright told reporters in March that he's technically able to still hit, as well as do any other baseball activity that doesn't require overhead movement. However, he intended to only field, which would help further reduce inflammation and not risk damaging the shoulder.
"Instead, Wright will first rest, continue physical therapy and taking anti-inflammatory medicines, all of which he's already doing for his spine," Cerrone explained. "Inflammation should go down, at which point he'll get back his range of motion and experience less pain. If at any point during this process we read reports of him getting a local anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection, i.e., a cortisone shot, it likely means the pain is not subsiding and that more rest and medication is needed."