Mets third baseman David Wright reached base on an error and struck out twice with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday in his first appearance since May 2016.
"Still quite a bit to go to get to where I want to be, but certainly a good first step," Wright said after the game. "Any time you get a chance to step between the white lines to play some baseball, get some at-bats, it was a lot of fun."
Wright, who could possibly return to the majors as a pinch hitter at some point this season, according to manager Terry Collins, went 0-for-4 in St. Lucie's loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
"I've said from Day 1 that my goal would be certainly to make it back to the big club this season," Wright said, "but at this point, [I'm] just looking for baby steps for my health and looking to get better and better."
David Wright's first AB in St. Lucie pic.twitter.com/XfYM2au4Az- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) August 23, 2017
Wright, who has been on the 60-day disabled list due to a shoulder impingement he suffered in spring training, recently begun throwing and hitting in St. Lucie after he suffered a setback in May.
"Every day is going to be a new challenge for me," Wright said. "There's some hurdles I'm going to have to overcome. ... It's not going to come overnight. I haven't played in over a year, so it's going to be somewhat of a slow process."
In the first inning, he reached on an error when third baseman Kevin Padlo mishandled a grounder. Wright struck out looking in the third inning, struck out swinging in the sixth and popped out to first in the eighth inning.
"Certainly going to want some results here soon ... I felt like I had a couple of good at-bats and a couple of poor at-bats," Wright said, "and that's to be expected."
David Wright's 4th AB for St. Lucie, featuring Tim Tebow! pic.twitter.com/DsWRmFyRrk- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) August 23, 2017
Over the past three seasons, Wright has been limited to just 75 games in the majors. In 2015, he was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis that limited him to 38 games, and missed most of last season due to a herniated disc.
"Missing as much time as I've missed, you start to fall behind younger, quicker, stronger guys," Wright said. "And something I'm going to need to catch back up. But the biggest thing with me ... I've got some ailments that I need to overcome to be able to go out there and produce. I don't want to come back for the sake of coming back."
In his 13-year career, Wright has a .296/.376/.491 batting line with 242 home runs and 970 RBIs. A seven-time All-Star, Wright has three years and $47 million remaining on his contract.