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David Wright expected to be named Mets' captain

David Wright stands in the dugout before a

David Wright stands in the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (March 17, 2013) Credit: AP

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- From "Captain America" to captain of the Mets?

It has long been expected that David Wright will be named the fourth captain of the Mets, especially after he signed his eight-year, $138-million extension in December.

Wright, who was dubbed "Captain America" for his recent exploits in the World Baseball Classic, could be named Mets captain before the season opener April 1. He would join former captains Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco and would be the first homegrown captain.

"I've said all along that it would be very special to me," Wright said Sunday. "It would be an incredible honor considering the other guys that have been captain of this franchise. It's something that I would take very seriously. It definitely would be one of the prouder moments of my career if it were to happen."

It's unclear if the rib-cage injury that could cause Wright to miss Opening Day would push back the start date of his captaincy. He might want to wait until he is able to play.

Of his WBC nickname, Wright said: "Captain America is a cool superhero. It was fun. My teammates gave me a hard time about it."

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