According to Anthony DiComo at MLB.com, David Wright will not make his spring training debut this week, and manager Terry Collins will be cautious about not overworking the veteran. Collins aims to have Wright play in 10 to 12 games toward the end of March.
Wright will get additional spring plate appearances in minor league games. The team will limit his defensive duties at third base in the process. The details of the plan were put in place when Wright and Collins met late last month, before spring training games began.
The Mets are taking extra precautions to ensure that Wright will be available for most of the upcoming season. Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in May last year, which kept him out of the Mets' lineup until early August. Wright hit .289 /.379/.434 in 38 regular season games, and he appeared in all 14 Mets postseason games, the highlights of which were his two-run single against the Dodgers in the NLDS and home run in the World Series. Overall, Wright hit .185 with one home run and seven RBIs during the Mets' postseason run.