"It's not just me trying to suck it up," said Wright, who was not in the starting lineup on Friday for the third straight game. "I have to think about the team, too. Because I'm not doing the team any good if I go out there and can't be at a certain level. If I go out there and I'm just terrible, it does me no good. It does the team no good."
It also does the Mets no good if Wright remains on the active roster but unable to play. To that end, manager Terry Collins hinted that the team will place Wright on the disabled list on Saturday if he is not close to a return by that point.
Per the recommendation of a hand specialist in Manhattan, Wright did no physical activity on Friday beyond fielding ground balls during batting practice.
He plans to attempt gripping a bat and throwing a ball Saturday, though he was not particularly close to being able to do either on Friday afternoon.
"Right now my finger won't wrap around anything," Wright said. "Obviously, it's painful, but right now it's more of a functional thing, too. It's tough to make a fist, so I can't really get that finger moving the way that I need it to grip a bat."
Wright described his current treatment as a 24-hour ordeal, with the team's training staff doing everything in its power to speed the healing process.
The Mets have plenty invested in Wright, who led the team in on-base and slugging percentage over the first four games of the season, but they are making contingency plans, as well. Collins has already asked second baseman Daniel Murphy to shift to third if Wright misses any significant time, and the Mets are prepared to call up Zach Lutz, Josh Satin or Jordany Valdespin on Saturday if Wright is not markedly better.
Regarding that decision, the Mets want to call up the Triple-A player who might give them the most pop off the bench.
The team is still optimistic, of course, that those contingency plans will never come to pass. But the way Wright spoke on Friday, a trip to the DL seems possible, even probable.
"There's no question I want to play, and I would love to go out there and play banged up," Wright said. "Unfortunately, this isn't banged up. This is a little bit more than that."