David Wright, out since Aug. 3 with a strained right hamstring, is tired of being on the disabled list.
"I can't tell you how bored I was the last two weeks," the Mets captain and third baseman said Tuesday night.
Still, Wright has no timetable for his return, though he said he expects to be back before the end of the season.
"I don't think, in my mind, there's any question," he said.
Wright has been rehabbing in New York and expects to finish that rehab in Port St. Lucie at some point. He is feeling better, but is not running yet.
"I'm progressing as much as the doctors and physical therapists are letting me at this point," he said. "Everything's positive."
Buck takes backseat
John Buck returned to the team after the birth of his son Bentley and was told by manager Terry Collins that he had lost his starting job to rookie Travis d'Arnaud.
"TC called me in there and obviously said I wouldn't be playing as much as I was before," said Buck, a free agent at season's end. "It's not my first year, so I figured that. You've got your top prospect up here, he's not going to sit there. I understand it."
Collins said Mets team physician David Altchek has recommended Tommy John elbow surgery for Jeremy Hefner, which could cause him to miss most of next season. Hefner, 27, is expected to seek a second opinion with the Mets' approval . . . Collins said Jenrry Mejia will have surgery in the next seven to 10 days to remove bone chips from his elbow. Mejia is expected to be ready for spring training. Carlos Torres, who will start Friday night, is expected to remain in the rotation, Collins said.