David Wright may be cleared to begin baseball activities next week as he attempts to return from spinal stenosis.
The Mets will see Wright Friday in Los Angeles when they arrive to play the Dodgers and will gauge his condition over the weekend.
Latest Mets stories
Wright, who has been out since April 15, has been seeing back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles every Monday.
"I talked to David yesterday and he was very very upbeat that things are moving along much better than they had been," Terry Collins said. "He's extremely optimistic that hopefully next week he can start. When you say baseball activities, you got to remember that's going to be on a limited basis, he's not ready to take batting practice and that kind of stuff. The point is, he's very positive about the way he feels and those are all good signs."
If he is cleared to begin running and fielding next week, Wright could rejoin the club by the end of the month.
Noah Syndergaard will oppose Kershaw Friday and Matt Harvey will face Greinke on Saturday.
The Mets, who have had trouble scoring runs, are in a tough part of their schedule. But Terry Collins did not want them looking ahead to Los Angeles.
"We know what we're facing," Collins said. "But I hope nobody in that clubhouse is looking to Friday. They've got to worry about today."
In his second start for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night, Dillon Gee allowed eight runs on 13 hits in 41/3 innings to Tacoma.