David Wright, Daniel Murphy will debut for Mets on Friday
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets have been playing Grapefruit League games for a week, and David Wright has been nothing more than a spectator.
The third baseman will play in his first exhibition game Friday at Tradition Field against the Cardinals. Second baseman Daniel Murphy also will make his first appearance.
Both reported to camp healthy, but in an effort to lessen their risk for injury, Terry Collins held them out. Both missed significant time in spring training last year with oblique injuries.
"I think it will help me out," said Wright, who was approached about the plan in the offseason.
Wright said sitting out freed him to do more extra work, which he believes might help him get more out of his at-bats once he begins playing regularly.
Ruben Tejada expects to play Friday against the Cardinals. Hamstring tightness has slowed Tejada, who is trying to reestablish his grip on the starting job.
Ike Davis' return to Grapefruit League action might not come for a few more days. Lingering tightness in his quadriceps likely will keep him out against the Cards. "But the good thing is it doesn't hurt to swing, so I can get at-bats and stuff like that," said Davis, who believes he suffered the injury in the weight room.
Rain forced the cancellation of Thursday's game against the Astros in Kissimmee . . . John Lannan will start Friday against the Cardinals after Thursday's rainout. Daisuke Matsuzaka and prospect Rafael Montero also are scheduled to pitch.