David Wright stood in front of his locker Wednesday, the fifth day of the five-day rest period doctors ordered for him, and couldn’t provide an update on his intercostal strain recovery. Neither could Daniel Murphy, who is dealing with an intercostal strain of his own.
The two had yet to meet with the training staff; they were waiting for teammates who needed treatment before traveling to face the Astros before venturing over to the trainers’ room.
But a couple hours later, as the Mets warmed up at Osceola County Stadium, their manager gave an indication of where the players stand for Opening Day.
“I don’t know about Murph, but I’m certainly – after my conversations with David – I’m certainly counting on having David for the season,” Terry Collins said of the Mets' $138 million investment. “Dan, I’m not sure yet.”
Wright, as he has since returning to Mets camp Saturday, reiterated being in the lineup for Opening Day remains his best-case scenario, but remains cautious.
“I don’t want to cost myself a month or two during the season because I’m rushing back for Opening Day, but Opening Day is my goal,” said Wright, who first sustained the injury two weeks ago while training for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA.
Collins’ revelation is a telling development, but not etched in stone. The Mets are cognizant of the unpredictably with rib-cage injuries. Murphy provides the perfect example. When he first sustained his injury on Feb. 18, he flew to New York the next day and was given a cortisone shot. He was told to rest for 7-10 days.
He did not return to any sort of live action until last Saturday, nearly a month later, when he was limited to playing defense for five innings and running the bases. He woke up with stiffness the next day and has not played in another game as previously scheduled.
Murphy said he doesn’t believe he suffered a setback, but he is running out of time – Collins has said Murphy will need to be a full participant in a game by this weekend to be in consideration for Opening Day.
If Murphy does not appear in a Grapefruit League game over the final nine days of spring training, the Mets can place him on the 15-day disabled list to begin the season and have the designation backdated nine days. Murphy would then miss just the first six days, and five games, of the regular season.
“It’s difficult to be patient, but that’s where growth comes from, patience,” Murphy said. “I’m working on it.”
According to the Mets, Wright’s injury was not as severe as Murphy’s – it is why he was told to rest for a shorter period of time. Wright also figures he will not need as long to return to the field because of he has already played in games this spring, including four in the World Baseball Classic.
“I’m in a better position than Murph because I’ve been playing in games and taking plenty of swings,” Wright said. “I don’t think I need that much time after the pain is gone to kind of get ready as far as baseball stuff goes because I played my last game a week ago so that’s not that big of a deal.
Mets' Terry Collins expects David Wright to be ready for Opening Day
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