JUPITER, FL (WFAN/AP) – David Wright will get his first spring training start today when the Mets travel to Jupiter to take on the Cardinals, reports WFAN’s Ed Coleman. Wright was expected to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday when the Mets have the first of three straight home games, but felt good enough after taking batting practice on Sunday against two minor league pitchers to bump it up a day.
Wright will bat third following Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy. There are 3 regulars not in the lineup – Jason Bay, who was hit in the forearm with a pitch in Sunday’s game against the Nationals and still has some soreness, Andres Torres, who is recuperating from a left calf strain, and Ike Davis, who was scheduled for a day off.
Johan Santana will be on the mound to face the same Cardinals team he pitched against 5 days ago. Santana threw 6 innings of one-run ball last Wednesday in Jupiter and remains on track to be the Opening Day starter for the Mets on April 5.
A five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, Wright missed two months last season because of a stress fracture in his back. He hit a career-low.254 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs in 102 games.
New York holds a $16 million option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. If he is traded, the option is voided. Wright’s contract does not include no-trade protection.
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