According to Anthony DiComo, David Wright is set to make his 2016 Grapefruit League debut on Friday evening against the Washington Nationals. This is another step forward for the Mets' captain and third baseman, who was held back from participating in Grapefruit League games as the Mets continue to monitor his spinal stenosis.
In the offseason, at the recommendation of his doctors, Wright took a full month off from working out after the World Series. Since then it has been a slow progression for Wright, who faced live pitching for the first time Monday. He played in a minor league game and went 1-for-5 at the plate. Mets manager Terry Collins has said that he'd like to see Wright play in 10 to 12 Grapefruit League games.
Once the season begins, Wright's playing time will continue to be monitored. At the start of spring training, general manager Sandy Alderson expressed his desire to cap Wright at 130 games for the 2016 season. Wright himself refused to put an exact number on the number of games he would play, but he admitted he had to be "smart about it."
Wright proved he could still be productive with his condition once he returned in August last season. He hit .277/.381/.437 with four home runs down the stretch of the season.