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David Wright won’t make spring debut until at least next week

Mar 6, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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The Mets decided over the weekend to hold David Wright out of the first two games of the Grapefruit League schedule due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. He has downplayed the severity of the issue all along, but it’s clear that the Mets aren’t taking any chances.

According to Adam Rubin of, Mets manager Terry Collins said this afternoon that Wright will not make his spring debut until at least next week. The 29-year-old third baseman worked out in the weight room today and no longer feels discomfort, but the Mets simply don’t want to risk the possibility of a setback and a longer shutdown.

“He felt great,” Collins said. “We’ll see when they’ll let him go back on the field. But he said there’s no pain at all, no discomfort at all. So, again, those are all great signs. And he admitted, he told me today, ‘I think it was really a good move that we slowed this down.”

Wright appeared in just 102 games last season due to a stress fracture in his lower back, batting .254/.345/.427 with 14 home runs, 61 RBI, 13 stolen bases and a .771 OPS.

  1. christopherhowland - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Better safe than sorry. Especially when it comes to this Mets medical staff

  2. mox19380 - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I really like David Wright and maybe I’m crying wolf here, but it appears as though at only 29 his better days COULD be behind him. His ops has dropped almost 200 points since ’09 and he hasn’t played 160 games since ’08. For a long time I’ve wanted the Phillies to make the blockbuster trade for him, and in our lineup and stadium he could have somewhat of a resurgence. but I wonder if the weight of being the leader of crummy mets teams, playing in that cavernous stadium, and wear and tear has finally gotten to him

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