Day-to-day is exactly how it sounds, which means the Mets aren’t ready to announce David Wright’s Opening Day status.
Wright has been moving cautiously in trying to come back from a strained left intercostal muscle. He’s been fielding and hitting off a tee, which is ahead of what was originally thought.
WRIGHT: Making progress.
Batting practice followed by games are the next steps.
“We’re looking at the middle of next week for possible at-bats as we head into next weekend,’’ manager Terry Collins told reporters. “Once again, I’m going to be very cautious. This guy is a huge piece. The last thing we need to do is to try to tell him he needs to rush or he needs to hurry. But we’ll see where he is in the middle of next week.’’
If Wright hits without pain this week, say Wednesday, the Mets will try to get him in a minor league game before the team breaks camp this Saturday. The Mets will not risk playing him in a major league game because if there is a setback going on the disabled list would be retroactive to the day after the injury. If there is a setback in a minor league game, the Mets can backdate the disabled list assignment ten days from the end of spring training.
There’s nothing wrong with how the Mets are currently handling Wright, but if he can’t go all out by the end of this week it makes zero sense to carry him on the Opening Day roster and risk further injury.
Sit him for a few games now instead of a month or longer later.
Meanwhile, Collins insists it is too soon to make a decision on Daniel Murphy, who is recovering from a strained right intercostal muscle. Murphy played in a minor league game eight days ago, but only in the field. He has not had a meaningful at-bat this spring.
There’s little doubt Murphy will open the season on the disabled list, as will Johan Santana, who does not have the strength yet in his shoulder and is only long-tossing at 90 feet. He won’t get on the mound until he reaches 180 feet, and from there, he will have to go through the entire spring training process.
Santana set himself back when he threw unannounced the first week of March after GM Sandy Alderson said the left-hander didn’t report in shape. Angry and frustrated, Santana took it upon himself to throw and hasn’t done anything meaningful since.
TODAY’S GAMES: Matt Harvey starts for the Mets today against Detroit in a split squad game in Port St. Lucie. Left-hander Aaron Laffey will start against St. Louis in the other game in Jupiter.
Makes sense to keep Harvey away from the Cardinals, a team he could face later this summer.
LINEUP vs. DETROIT
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, DH
Justin Turner, 2B
Ike Davis, 1B
Marlon Byrd, CF
John Buck, C
Andrew Brown, LF
Omar Quintanilla, SS
Brandon Hicks, 3B
Matt den Dekker, CF
Matt Harvey, RHP
LINEUP vs. ST. LOUIS
Jordany Valdespin, 2B
Ruben Tejada, SS
Collin Cowgill, CF
Lucas Duda, LF
Travis d’Arnaud, C
Mike Baxter, RF
Zach Lutz, 3B
Brian Bixler, 1B
Aaron Laffey, LHP