David Wright is one of several Mets looking to get...

David Wright is one of several Mets looking to get enough at-bats before the team breaks camp. (Undated file photo) Credit: John Dunn

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Less than two weeks before the Mets open the season against the Braves, the only regular with more than 30 spring training at-bats is Daniel Murphy. He has 34.

David Wright has the least. He has none.

Manager Terry Collins expressed concern this week about how few at-bats some of his regulars have. Wright is on his way back from a torn abdominal muscle; the Mets hope he can get into a game early next week.

"We're talking about 10 days to get him tuned up," Collins said. "That's about [the] least amount of time as you'd want to get somebody ready."

Is it? Wright points out that once he's ready, he can get extra at-bats in minor-league exhibition games, in which the rules are loose. Players can lead off every inning, for example, or bat twice in an inning.

"That's something you can make up, whether I'm in the minor-league side or we can cram it in the last couple of weeks," Wright said. "I'm not overly concerned."

Should he be? Is it necessary for veteran players to get a specific number of at-bats in spring training to get ready for the season?

"I don't know if there's a specific number," said Jason Bay, who is batting .240 with no home runs or RBIs in 25 at-bats. "Everyone might be different. I'd say 50, 60 ABs, somewhere around there. I think more important is the last week. You try to take that last week into the regular season. The first three weeks of spring training, it's kind of getting your legs under you."

You know the old baseball tale about the player who can roll out of bed in winter and go 3-for-4? Bay has heard of that, too.

"Absolutely," he said. "And some guys it takes a lot longer. I'm the takes-a-lot-longer type."

Bay said he needs spring training at-bats to get his timing down. There will be a lot of Mets working on that as Opening Day nears, especially the regulars who have been injured and have the fewest at-bats, such as Ruben Tejada (19), Andres Torres (23) and Lucas Duda (24).

Tejada and Duda played Friday in the Mets' 9-4 loss to the Braves. Torres is out with a strained left calf.

"I'm interested to get them out there and get them playing," Collins said of his regulars. "We're down to [12] days left."

Rounding out the Mets' starting eight: Catcher Josh Thole and Ike Davis, who is coming off a serious ankle injury, have 28 at-bats each.

It would be even more daunting for a switch hitter such as the Yankees' Mark Teixeira to get ready. (The Mets don't have any among their regulars or key bench players.)

"I like to get 60 at-bats to make sure that I just am in baseball mode," Teixeira said. "As a switch hitter, I probably need 120. I probably need twice as many because I have two swings to worry about. But that would be really tough to do in spring training."

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Bay made one good point: When Opening Day arrives, the calendar doesn't care how many times you got to bat during exhibition play.

"Wherever you are or aren't, it's happening," Bay said. "You've got to do it. So let's go."

Notes & quotes: Jon Niese allowed four runs in four innings . . . Miguel Batista gave up four runs in two innings . . . The Mets decided not to sign lefthanded reliever C.J. Nitkowski, who had a tryout March 8 . . . The Mets trimmed the roster by three, sending out infielders Josh Satin and Omar Quintanilla and righthanded pitcher Fernando Cabrera.

With Erik Boland