TORONTO -- David Wright was still hoarse and achy Sunday morning, one day after the third baseman was unavailable due to illness. As usual, the sickness did not affect him. Wright talked his way into the lineup and reached base three times, passing Jose Reyes for second place on the franchise's all-time hits list.
"Obviously getting hits is a good thing," Wright said, laughing. "Hopefully, there's a lot more to come."
After doubling in the first inning and singling in the fifth, Wright now has 1,302 career hits, two more than Reyes. Ed Kranepool ranks first on the franchise list with 1,418 hits, a number that Wright could reach later this season.
The third baseman also walked and struck out twice in five plate appearances, upping his Major League-leading average and on-base percentage to .412 and .512, respectively.
Though the Mets had scheduled Wright's Saturday off-day in advance, the third baseman was so sick with a head cold that he was unavailable even as a pinch-hitter. But Wright reported to the ballpark in better health Sunday, and he was back in the lineup at third base.
"I feel a little bit better," Wright said. "My last few days were just fairly achy. Today, that's gone down a little bit. So hopefully it's a short flight tonight, I can get some rest and be ready for tomorrow."
Manager Terry Collins had considered using his third baseman at designated hitter, but Wright, who prefers playing the field, nixed that idea. Instead, Collins started Andres Torres at DH, preventing his center fielder from spending too much time on the Rogers Centre turf. Kirk Nieuwenhuis moved over to center field in place of Torres, with Mike Baxter starting in left.