Mets’ Wright to play first game Monday

New York Mets third baseman David Wright will play his first spring training game of 2012 on Monday, as he was in the starting lineup for the Mets in their Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Wright, 29, has been limited this spring by a strained left abdominal muscle. The five-time All-Star was limited to just 102 games in 2011 – his lowest total since becoming a full-time major leaguer in 2005 – due to a stress fracture in his back. He hit a career-worst .254 in those games with 14 home runs and 61 RBI.

Wright is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, although the Mets hold a team option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout that is voided if the Mets trade him. If the Mets pick up the option, Wright will make $16 million next season.

The Mets are last in the Grapefruit League with a record of 5-14, the worst spring mark of any MLB team.