In his talk with reporters in early January, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said 3B David Wright has started basic baseball activity at his home in Virginia and the organization hopes to see him ready for action when he arrives to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie for Spring Training.
"We won't know until we get down [to Florida] and he shows up and tells us where he's at," manager Terry Collins recently said of Wright, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "David knows himself better than anybody, so if he feels he's ready to play games or, you know, when he's ready to get in the lineup, we're going to get him in there."
Wright was video taped swinging a bat indoors during a Dec. 27 workout at the Hampton Roads Sports Academy in Norfolk, Virginia >> Watch here!
Wright, who turned 34 years old this past December, had season-ending neck surgery in June after playing just 37 games, prior to which he managing chronic lumbar spinal stenosis, which limited him to just 38 games in 2015.
The two conditions are unrelated, Wright and team doctors have repeatedly said.
Mar 30, 2016; Wright (5) signs a bobble head of himself at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
In November, Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio that, while he's hopeful that Wright will return, the Mets need to be realistic about what to expect from him in 2017.
"I think that we're very hopeful he's gonna be able to come back and be productive," Alderson said. However, "I think we have to be realistic about how many games we can expect him to perform."
Collins told WLIE 540 AM this past weekend that he intends to get Wright multiple days off each week. Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores are expected to play in Wright's absence.
"I don't think you're going to see eight in a row or nine in a row, but I think David will be in that lineup a lot," Collins said, according to DiComo.