WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — David Wright’s focus remains squarely on remedying the weakness in his right shoulder, which is still what is keeping him from playing third base.
But with the Mets intending to go without the designated hitter so their pitchers can begin hitting in preparation for the season, manager Terry Collins said Thursday that Wright likely won’t appear in another Grapefruit League game.
While Wright continues to participate in most other baseball activities, he still is unable to throw, the biggest barrier he must clear as he attempts to get back on the field after surgery.
“I’m just doing everything, progressing along with the shoulder stuff with the doctor’s program,” said Wright, who won’t be ready for Opening Day. “I’m making sure I’m doing everything I can to be game-ready other than obviously throwing.”
Wright, 34, appeared as the DH in Grapefruit League games before being sidelined by his latest shoulder setback, which essentially is a complication from surgery last season to correct a herniated disc in his neck.
“I’m hitting, fielding, running, so at least I’m getting a chance to kind of get my feet under me that way, without actually throwing,” Wright said.
But the top priority is shoulder strengthening, which remains at the center of Wright’s work day at the team’s complex. Wright continues to confer with doctors weekly to make adjustments to his strength program.
Brandon Nimmo might return to Grapefruit League action on Saturday, Collins said. The former first-round pick injured a hamstring on Sunday while playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The Mets initially feared he’d be down for two weeks . . . With the season little more than two weeks away, the competition for the remaining bullpen spots will heat up. Three spots appear to be up for grabs, including one for a second lefty to complement specialist Jerry Blevins.