PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — David Wright will make his first appearance of spring training in a minor-league game Monday.
The Mets captain has been working his way into game shape as he deals with his spinal stenosis. Wright hopes to play in a major-league exhibition game on Thursday or Friday and said he has no doubt that he’ll be ready for the April 3 season opener.
“I think that it’s been where our medical staff, the coaching staff obviously have been taking it slow with me,” Wright said Saturday after the Mets’ 14-9 loss to the Cardinals. “They want to see me do different things. It’s not like they’re letting me do everything in one day. It’s kind of, ‘Today we’re going to do this. If you can do that, tomorrow we’re going to do this.’ That type of progression. I think I’m at the point now where I’d like to move forward as much as possible, as much as they’ll let me.”
Colon hit hard
Bartolo Colon allowed four runs and six hits, including a long three-run homer by Brandon Moss, in 3 2⁄3 innings in his second exhibition outing.
“I feel good,” Colon said through a translator. “I feel healthy. Unfortunately, the way I pitched today, they gave me a little bit of a rough time and it wasn’t great.”
Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run home run for the Mets. Lucas Duda had two hits and is batting .357.
Stormy with Stolmy
Mets reliever Stolmy Pimentel was ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez in the sixth inning after hitting two batters. Pimentel’s inning went like this: strikeout-home run-double-HBP-home run-HBP-ejection.
“I don’t think anybody throws at anybody, especially when the wind’s gale-ing to leftfield,” Terry Collins said. “He just said due to the circumstances, he had to throw him out . . . He hit the second guy with a changeup, so I don’t think it was intentional.”
Dilson Herrera was hit with a pitch by Cardinals righthander Junior Fernandez in the seventh, but Fernandez was not ejected.
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