SAN FRANCISCO -- Terry Collins brought an uncharacteristic amount of good news with him to his usual pregame meeting with the media, specifically regarding the progress of David Wright.
Wright, working at the club's Spring Training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., talked with Collins on Friday and is progressing "very, very well." Wright, on the disabled list since May 18 with a stress fracture in his lower back, ran at nearly full speed and will begin running the bases and sliding Monday. Collins said Wright has been taking batting practice and infield drills with the Mets' Class A Advanced team.
The third baseman might bypass live batting practice and move straight to rehab games starting Wednesday. He will likely need 30 to 40 at-bats to regain his swing, get comfortable and shake the rust off.
"We'll see how he's doing. Certainly a lot of it will be dictated in how he's playing, too. We just have to wait and see," Collins said, adding that he didn't think Wright would need all 20 of his allotted days on rehab. "He'll have a say in that. If he tells me, 'Look, I'm not seeing the ball good, I'm not feeling good at the plate,' that'll all have a say, too, on whether or not we activate him."
Collins said he will send some of his staff down to Port St. Lucie to evaluate Wright as his return draws nearer, which should make the Mets less reliant on Wright's numbers and his own assessment of whether he is ready to return to the Majors. Ideally, Wright will be back by the Mets' 10-game road trip that starts July 22, which would give him more than a week's worth of Minor League at-bats.
Despite all the good news regarding Wright's status -- and that of Ike Davis and Jose Reyes -- Collins tried to avoid sounding overly optimistic.
"We're making a lot of assumptions that there's not going to be setbacks, that everything's going to move smoothly and progress fast, and we just don't know if that's going to happen," he said. "Right now, if everything was in a perfect world, yeah, I think on that road trip he should be coming back."