PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- David Wright called it his "second day of Spring Training." It was, in effect, another morning of defensive and hitting drills for the Mets third baseman on Friday, as complete a workout as he can do without participating in an actual game.
As for that next step, Wright feels he still needs "a few more" complete days of workouts before appearing in games. Conceivably, he could enter the lineup early next week, if not sooner in a Minor League game. No matter the date, it is looking more and more certain that Wright will be ready for Opening Day.
"We haven't put a timetable on it throughout this process, and I'm not going to start now," Wright said. "It still depends on how I feel tomorrow and the next day."
Wright strained a left abdominal muscle early this month and has been battling the injury ever since, recently flying back to New York to receive a cortisone injection in the area. He and the Mets both remain confident the third baseman will be ready to play come April 5.
"But I've got to be able to do this for four or five days before I go out there and get put in a game situation," Wright said of his morning workouts.
The injury news was equally encouraging for outfielder Scott Hairston, who took approximately 30 swings off a tee on Friday and plans to participate in soft-toss drills Saturday. Hairston, who strained his left oblique early in camp, believes he also will be ready for Opening Day -- potentially simplifying what has become a complicated center-field situation.
"[Saturday] I'm going to ramp up the hitting a little bit," Hairston said. "It's good to be on a steady progression."