We’ve known that David Wright believes he still has some great baseball in him. He reiterated this on Wednesday, with a little help from his manager.
On Tuesday we found out from GM Sandy Alderson that the plan was for Wright to resume baseball within the following couple of days. I was very much not reassured by many of his statements. But, Wright and Terry Collins now want to give Mets fans like myself a glimmer of hope.
On Wednesday, Wright threw lightly in a batting cage and then proceeded to take a couple of swings. He then jogged a bit and caught some balls in the outfield. Well, this all sounds like nice little baby steps. Regardless, Wright is keeping his optimism up.
"“I said in spring training there were some hurdles I had to clear. It’s taken longer than expected, but I feel like we’ve got a good program. It’s something that couldn’t be rushed. I just need a little more time and here we are.”"
Collins seems to be optimistic as well, as he said the following about the Mets captain:
"“If David Wright could throw the ball across the infield he could play today, except we got to get him some at-bats which he hasn’t had. His hands are still very, very good. This guy doesn’t miss anything. It’s about getting that arm back. How long is that going to take? No one knows.”"
He then went on to say about how the Mets need to get Wright in a more consistent program, where baby steps like these become an every-day thing, rather than just here and there — which obviously makes complete sense. How could the team be able to evaluate his progress and the impact this baseball activity is having on him if he’s not doing it consistently?
Wright was at Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies, proudly cheering on his team. He’s determined in his work to make it back on the field this season, and is confident that it will happen. I mean, I hope it does, but I’m not sure if I’m quite ready to get my hopes back up just yet.