Wright hits single, makes nice play in first game
David Wright got his delayed exhibition season off to a quick
After missing the first three weeks of spring training games
because of strained left abdominal muscle, the New York Mets’ star
went 1 for 2 and made a couple of nice plays at third base during
Monday’s 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
”I’m happy with how I feel,” Wright said after playing four
innings. ”I just have to get back into the swing of things
Wright singled to left on a full-count pitch from Jake Westbrook
in the first inning, then grounded out to shortstop in the
”I just got a good pitch to hit in a good count and found a
hole,” Wright said. ”I don’t think that’s an indication of my
timing. I’m going to need more work on that.”
He dived to his right in the second inning to snag Rafael
Furcal’s one hopper behind the bag, popped up and threw to first
for the out. He also ranged to his left to snag a bouncing ball by
”It was an action-filled day over there,” Wright said. ”I got
a chance to dive around a little bit and run the bases a little
bit, so that’s a good thing.”
Mets manager Terry Collins plans to hold Wright out of Tuesday’s
game against Atlanta in Port St. Lucie.
”We’re going to give him tomorrow just to catch his breath, and
then he’s going to go probably two-or three in a row,” Collins
said. ”One of those might be a minor league assignment, where he
goes down and gets some at bats.”
New York hopes to get Wright about 30 at-bats before its season
opener on April 5.
”I’m sure I’ll be a little sore, but it will be that good sore,
like it’s the first game I’ve played in spring training,” he
A five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, Wright
missed two months last season because of a stress fracture in his
back. He hit a career-low.254 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs in 102
New York holds a $16 million option for 2013 with a $1 million
buyout. If he is traded, the option is voided. Wright’s contract
does not include no-trade protection.
In his next-to-last start before the opener, former Cy Young
Award winner Johan Santana needed 29 pitches to retire the
Cardinals in the first. The left-hander walked three of his first
four batters, and two of them scored. Coming in, Santana had only
walked four batters in 13 1-3 innings during spring training as he
prepares to return from shoulder surgery that caused him to miss
”It was just one of those days where things take a little
longer,” Santana said. ”I made some adjustments and was able to
hit the inside corner and I was better after that.
Santana threw 88 pitches in five innings during his fifth start,
allowing two runs and four hits. He struck out five, did not have a
walk after the first inning, but he did hit a batter.
Holliday extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI
single. Tyler Greene’s sacrifice fly drove in the second run.
NOTES: The Mets said they will honor Gary Carter before their
opener. The Hall of Famer, who helped them win the 1986 World
Series, died Feb. 16. Wife Sandy, son D.J. and daughters Kimmy and
Christy, and their families will be on the field during a moment of
silence and for the ceremonial first pitch. … The Mets agreed to
a minor league contract with RHP Chris Young, who is recovering
from shoulder surgery last May. … RHP Chris Carpenter returned to
Cardinals’ camp for the first time since four days worth of tests
to determine the source of the nerve damage that is causing
weakness in his pitching shoulder. … St. Louis reassigned OF
Adron Chambers to its minor league camp.