LOS ANGELES - David Wright called his progress slow, and the process long and tedious. But the Mets captain remains confident that he will play this season despite a diagnosis of spinal stenosis.
"It's ridiculous to even begin to guess when," Wright said Friday. "But the progress has been good, the doctor has been satisfied, both therapists I've been working with are satisfied."
Wright, when asked if he might soon begin baseball activities, said: "Anything's possible."
General manager Sandy Alderson adopted a more cautious approach: "There hasn't been any significant change in his routine.
While hopeful of a return, Alderson said he can't plan on one, given the ambiguity of the rehab required because of Wright's condition.
"We're not relying on him being back at a certain time. It may have been the case maybe a few weeks ago. But I think we're more realistic about that now. I'm happy that he's more upbeat."
Wright has been out since early April. With the season reaching its halfway point, he acknowledged that time is running out for a comeback.
"I've got one shot to get this thing right," he said.
So far, Wright has yet to progress to running. He has been focused on light agility work, though he has been encouraged by the results. Still, Wright said his back must stand up to the physical pounding of a grueling schedule.
Those tests remain once he graduates to baseball activity.
Wright continues to watch the team's games, though it has been a frustrating experience.
"You can see the look on guys' faces when they're struggling," he said. "You can see [Jacob] deGrom punching the water cooler. You can see all these types of things and you feel for it because you feel like when you're not there, you feel very helpless."
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