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David Wright still targeting Opening Day return

David Wright gets ready to take batting practice

David Wright gets ready to take batting practice during a spring training workout at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Newly minted Mets captain David Wright still intends to make it back in time for Opening Day.

Wright, 30, has made slight progress since he was administered a cortisone shot a week ago. After several days of rest, he has started stretching and strength-building exercises for his strained intercostal muscle. He also continues to receive treatment for the ribcage injury.

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Wright also took grounders, played catch and ran with no issues, but didn't swing a bat.

"At this point, we're progressing," Wright said. "But obviously, we're taking it somewhat cautiously."

Only 10 days remain until the Padres visit Citi Field to open the season, but Wright maintains there is enough time to bounce back from his injury.

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