David Wright is expected to only DH - and not play in the field - this weekend when Mets begin their the Grapefruit League schedule, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday at Tradition Field.
"He is making strides," Collins said, noting that Wright may not get time at third base until the middle of March. "He probably won't play a lot until we make sure his arm is right. ... We just don't want him overexposed where if he makes a bad throw all of a sudden it's a big story."
Wright took grounders at third base and threw a baseball on Tuesday, two days after throwing for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June. He is also still continuing to manage nerve pain in his lower back due to spinal stenosis, which was first diagnosed in early 2015.
Based on the rehab plan put in place by his physical therapy team, Wright will throw every other day and increase the distance each time.
Wright said he believes he'll be ready for Opening Day.
"I think so," he added. "That's the plan, for sure."
In early-February, Terry Collins told reporters that Wright will remain at third base for now, though he might get time at first base later in camp.
"If we decide he needs to get some ground balls at first base that stuff can be done late in spring training," Collins said. "He's such a good athlete he'd catch on to that easy.