WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Don’t expect to see David Wright again this spring. Terry Collins said it is unlikely that the third baseman will play in a Grapefruit League game again this year as he works to rehab and strengthen his shoulder.
“I have not talked to him about it. I did talk to him at the beginning to try and continue as the (designated hitter), but he did not want to,” the Mets manager said Thursday.
Wright told Collins he wanted to focus on the rehab work to strengthen his shoulder and not worry about hitting in games.
“We won’t have the DH much longer anyway. Pitchers start hitting tomorrow,” Collins added.
Wright, who is coming back from June 2016 neck surgery, was shut down in his attempt at a throwing program Feb. 28 with shoulder weakness. He is running and hitting, but still not throwing. There is no timeline for him to begin throwing again, Collins said.
The neck surgery to repair a herniated disc was the second major spine issue Wright has had to come back from in the last two years.
In 2015 he missed 115 games after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis and spent most of the first half of the 2016 spring slowly working his way through basic drills. He began to feel discomfort in his neck then and only got through 37 regular season games before needing surgery.
LUCK OF THE ITALIANS?
Brandon Nimmo may have been playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but clearly he has some luck of the Irish. The outfielder who pulled his right hamstring in the tournament on Sunday, hit and jogged on Wednesday to test the grade-one pull of his hamstring and Thursday said that his leg felt fine. Nimmo said the only thing holding him back is sprinting.
“That will be based on how I feel. It’s still a little tight, but I feel like I will be able to do that soon,” Nimmo said, “within the next few days.”
Collins said he hopes to have Nimmo back in Grapefruit League games by Saturday.
Lefthanders Josh Edgin and Josh Smoker each pitched a scoreless inning Thursday, auditioning as the Mets try to figure out how they are going to shape their bullpen.
They have lefty specialist Jerry Blevins, but have to decide if they will carry one or two additional lefties.
Smoker pitched a perfect sixth inning, overpowering right-handed batters, perhaps showing he could go more than an inning.
“Yeah, it’s possible. He’s got to get out lefties too, so that’s one of the main things we’re looking at,” Collins said. “Certainly he’s got the power stuff to get out anybody. He’s throwing the ball well right now.”
Smoker did strike out the lefty-hitting Bryce Harper on Thursday.
Edgin, who lost his spot after 2015 Tommy John surgery, gave up a double to righty Rafael Bautista, but coaxed a pop up out of lefty Clint Robinson and struck out right-handed hitter Brandon Snyder.
“I saw Edge throw 93 today, that was a bright spot,” Collins said. “I would like that. The Slider is back, Again it’s about being able to command that stuff against left-handed hitters that is going to help him the most.”
In the final two weeks, the Mets are curious to see how their relievers react to pitching consecutive days and hitters ramping up.
“As we get down to the last two weeks, they are going to get on that every other day maybe back to back stuff,” Collins said. “So we’ll be able to read more into it.”
Published at Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:15:21 +0000