NEW YORK -- It isn't all bad news on the injury front for the Mets.
The club received a welcome bulletin after a 4-1 win over the A's on Thursday, when David Wright underwent an MRI on his back and was given clearance to ramp up his exercise schedule in preparation for a return to the active roster.
General manager Sandy Alderson said that Wright, who has been sidelined since May 16 with a stress fracture in his lower back, could return in a little as three weeks. Wright will report to the team's Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Friday to begin his workout regimen. The five-time All-Star will begin with light weight work before ramping up to batting practice and fielding drills at third base.
"He was given the green light to commence fuller baseball activity," Alderson said. "Right now, we anticipate it's going to be at least a couple weeks -- maybe three weeks -- because he's going to have to exercise and progress to full baseball activity and then playing games. We're still talking about conceivably a several-week process, but it is good news that he's been given the green light."
Alderson said that Wright would start full exercise activity immediately, but that it would likely take some time for him to be ready to work his trunk or to start swinging the bat. That last task -- along with playing in the field -- will only take place after Wright has gotten loose and begun to re-work the muscles involved.
Wright was not immediately available for comment, but a couple teammates spoke to his state of mind. Shortstop Jose Reyes and fill-in third baseman Daniel Murphy both said that Wright seemed excited to get back on the field, and they also said that the Mets need him back as soon as he's ready.
"It is nice to hear David's coming back soon, because we need him," said Reyes. "Hopefully, he can go down to Florida and do whatever it takes to be 100 percent."
"Good luck in Port St. Lucie," Reyes added. "There's not much to do there. Get well soon because we need you here."