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Mets’ manager Terry Collins unconcerned with David Wright’s stiffness

David Wright connects for one of his two

David Wright connects for one of his two hits during Friday night's exhibition game against the Nationals on March 18, 2016 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports / Steve Mitchell

TAMPA, Fla. — Third baseman David Wright felt normal stiffness on Tuesday, one day after playing in consecutive Grapefruit League games for the first time this spring.

“He’s stiff, which you would expect,” manager Terry Collins said. “Not his back but his legs are stiff, which you totally expect.”

The Mets continue to ramp up Wright’s activity after he was eased into games, part of their effort to manage his back condition, spinal stenosis. According to Collins, Wright will get at-bats in a minor-league game on Wednesday before playing in consecutive games on Thursday and Friday.

Collins expects Wright will get regular game action next week in preparation for the regular season.

The Mets could use Wright as a designated hitter since the season begins with two games in Kansas City. But Collins dismissed that possibility.

“We got a better guy to put at third base than him?” he said.

Instead, Collins said it’s more likely that he uses one of the team’s outfielders as a DH. Michael Conforto might make sense, which would allow Juan Lagares to play either center or left in spacious Kauffman Stadium.

A hero returns

Second baseman Dilson Herrera rejoined the Mets on Tuesday after hitting his dramatic home run to help Colombia qualify for the World Baseball Classic.

“Oh my God, it was amazing for me,” Herrera said. “Amazing because everybody was watching that game in my country. I’m so excited for that moment. It’s incredible that it happened.”

Herrera, 22, is slated to begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas. He’s in line to be the Mets’ next second baseman with veteran Neil Walker in the final year of his deal.

Prospect out for season

Mets infield prospect Luis Carpio will miss the entire season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum. Carpio, 18, hit .304/.372/.359 at Kingsport despite being one of the youngest players in the Appalachian League.

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