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Becoming Mets captain 'pretty special' to David Wright

David Wright takes batting practice during a spring

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

David Wright said he hadn't thought much about his first Opening Day as the Mets' captain. But once he did, he started realizing how much it will mean to him.

"I hadn't really thought about it too much," Wright said Sunday at Citi Field. "And then thinking about it, it's going to be pretty special. Opening Day is already just so cool, but to be kind of introduced as the captain -- it's pretty special. It's going to be pretty special and obviously a memorable Opening Day for me."

Wright also said he has no worries about the rib-cage strain that knocked him out of the World Baseball Classic other than he would have liked to have gotten a few more at-bats late in spring training.

How Niese

Since it became clear that Johan Santana wasn't going to start Opening Day, Jonathon Niese has been the clear choice of manager Terry Collins for the assignment. Niese said throughout spring training that he wasn't going to treat it like anything other than a regular start, and he continued that theme Sunday.

"It's kind of sunk in now -- now that we're here at Citi Field," Niese said. "I'm not going to treat it as an Opening Day. I'm going to treat it as a midseason start. I'm going to prepare the same and just be ready for it."

Extra bases

Justin Turner (calf) ran the bases at the workout and was declared OK for Monday. Zach Lutz, who had made the trip in case Turner had to be placed on the DL, was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas . . . Rusty Staub will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on his 69th birthday . . . Actress/songwriter Emmy Rossum will sing the national anthem with a choir from the Rockaways.

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