David Wright is likely to return to the Mets' lineup Friday night, manager Terry Collins said.

Out since Aug. 2 because of a right hamstring strain, Wright has made no secret of his desire to make it back this season rather than shut himself down.

Collins said he wanted to see how the Mets third baseman looked and felt after working out before Thursday's game before deciding for sure his status for Friday night in Philadelphia.

With only 10 games remaining, Collins said he plans to be cautious about how often he plays Wright. "It's really going to be a day-by-day thing," Collins said.

Parnell eyes spring

Bobby Parnell visited the Mets clubhouse for the first time since he had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck on Sept. 10. Wearing a neck brace, Parnell walked around, shaking hands with teammates.

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Parnell, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 6 because of his neck discomfort, said he opted for the surgery because a follow-up MRI showed that the herniation "hadn't shrunk and possibly got bigger."

He expects to be ready for spring training.

"All the discomfort from the pinched nerve is gone," he said. "It's just soreness from the surgery now. I feel very confident everything is going to get back to normal."


Extra bases

Jon Niese (7-8, 3.81) gave up two runs in seven innings and was the hard-luck loser in the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Giants Thursday. The Mets, who managed just four hits, had the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth but Lucas Duda flew out and Anthony Recker struck out . . . Zack Wheeler's start Monday night in Cincinnati might be the final one of his rookie season because he's approaching his innings limit. Wheeler has pitched a combined 1682/3 innings for the Mets and Triple-A Las Vegas. "He's right on the borderline of where he wants to be, so if he goes out in his next start and gets seven or eight, that could be it," Collins said.