By Ed Coleman
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David Wright is still not exactly right, but he will resume baseball activities at Mets camp on Thursday.
So what exactly is that?
Wright was not concerned about the injury, but as a note of caution, his friend and fellow third baseman Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals had a similiar injury last season and missed 60 games.
Wright will take it slow as he rehabs and there’s no set date as to when he’ll see his first game action down here. But does he have any thought on when he might be ready to play?
He’s not concerned about his absence at the moment and the lack of interaction with the other regular infielders, but there are combinations that need the work.
Manager Terry Collins had a mini-meltdown on Tuesday as the injuries mounted day-by-day. Collins wants his regulars getting used to each other in the field, but Wright feels that that will come in time.
Not only do the Mets’ injuries hinder the team defensively, but offensively the lineup hasn’t been together to develop any kind of flow. But for Wright, that’s the least of his worries at present.
And yes, Wright is psyched and a little antsy to get going and play in games but…
The Mets again played extra innings in Lakeland on Wednesday. Monday they tied the Tigers 7-all in 10 innings – yesterday they lost in 10, 7-6. Dillon Gee pitched well over 4 innings, allowing a Prince Fielder two-run HR, striking out 5 and walking one. Gee worked on his curveball and consistently threw it for strikes. Chris Schwinden hurled three shutout innings. And don’t bring Wilmer Flores back to Lakeland. Flores had a tough day Monday, committing two errors in the same inning – yesterday he committed 2 errors on the same play. Stay off the bus, Gus.
Top prospect Matt Harvey pitched in a minor league game back in Port St. Lucie. Harvey had great command, throwing 75 pitches with 58 of them strikes, and exhibited a devastating changeup which is slowly getting better.
With the upcoming Madoff trial, the burden of proof has now been shifted onto the defendants, the Wilpons. Judge Jed Rakoff issued a ruling on Wednesday that declared the Wilpons must prove that they did not act in “bad faith” concerning the Madoff scandal as opposed to Irving Picard having to prove that the Wilpons were “willfully blind.”
Jury selection is set to begin this coming Monday March 19.
We should finally see Jose Reyes on Thursday. The Mets will travel to Jupiter and Reyes is supposed to be in Miami’s lineup, unless he opts not to face a knuckleballer. R.A. Dickey is set to face Marlin ace Josh Johnson.
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