PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - David Wright used Sunday's 6-0 win over the Yankees to wipe away any lingering doubts about the left shoulder injury that ruined his 2014 season.
Wright hit an opposite-field homer off CC Sabathia and made a diving play at third. Both appeared impossible last season because of the bad shoulder.
"It just shows us that David Wright's back," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Wright's productivity took a hit last season partly because of the injury, which also robbed him of his trademark power to the opposite field.
"One of my strengths is hitting the ball the other way," Wright said. "So it's good that you get a pitch you can hit the other way and you hit it hard the other way, especially against an elite starting pitcher."
Duda to face lefties
To begin the season, Collins said Lucas Duda will get the chance to remain in the starting lineup against lefthanders.
"It gets a little bit overplayed, I guess, and monotonous to hear about," said Duda, who batted .180 with two homers against lefties last season. Duda homered off Sabathia a day after getting a hit against Tigers lefthander David Price.
Parnell's velocity dips
Bobby Parnell's fastball was clocked in the range of 88 to 92 mph in an intrasquad game Saturday, according to a source, well below his average fastball of 95.1 mph in 2013. But the Mets consider the dip normal, given where he stands in his rehab schedule, the source said.
"I got some adrenaline going," he said Sunday, a day after throwing 20 pitches. "It was good. I was facing guys that I had no clue about, so I just worked on my stuff more than anything and tried to get all my pitches in."
Bartolo Colon is lined up to start on Opening Day against the Nationals on April 6, though Collins has not made any official announcement . . . Wilmer Flores wore a walking boot after fouling a ball off his left foot. X-rays were negative and the Mets said Flores will wear a boot on the bruised foot for a day or two.
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