Collins seeking opportunity to rest Wright

Collins seeking opportunity to rest Wright

Collins seeking opportunity to rest Wright
NEW YORK -- David Wright may accept a day off from manager Terry Collins, but the Mets third baseman will never ask for one.

With the Mets set to finish a stretch of 20 games in 20 days Wednesday, Collins said he will check with Wright following Saturday's game about the possibility of an off-day Sunday. The Phillies visit Flushing on Monday afternoon, and left-handers Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee will start two of the three games in that series.

"Absolutely not," Collins said when asked if Wright would ask for a day off. "It's hard not to play him at home -- it really is. But if he thinks he needs a blow, we have to figure out if tomorrow is the day he's going to need it, because against those lefties, he's going to play."

The flu sidelined Wright on May 19 in Toronto, and he missed three games in April with a broken pinkie. Collins says the digit is "getting closer" to being fully healed. Last season, a back injury helped limit Wright to 102 games.

"He's one of those guys that is honest with you," Collins said. "You go to him and say, 'Look, I'm giving you Thursday off,' he's yet to say, 'No, no I'm fine, I'm going to play.' He'll say, 'Who's pitching?' And it's part of the discussion he has. He wants to be in there."

In some ways, Wright reminds Collins of Jeff Bagwell, who played for the Astros during Collins' years as manager in Houston.

"I remember when Bagwell broke his hand one year and missed some time," Collins said. "The next year I was going to give him a day off, he said, 'I missed six weeks last summer, I'm playing.' And that's the way David Wright is. He was hurt enough last summer, and he wants to play."