Mets 3B David Wright played catch on Thursday at Citi Field for the first time since 2017, and said after that "it was nice to get out there. It was nice to throw for a little bit."
Wright said he’s trying to ramp it up more and more and see how his back and shoulder responds, and that he is taking things day-by-day.
"It’s day 1 of baseball stuff," he said, "and hopefully more days to come where everything continues to go well."
Wright is expected to transition to baseball activitiy within the next one-to-three weeks, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said earlier Thursday.
The 35-year-old Wright suffered persistent shoulder and lower back issues during spring training and was shut down for two months. He said at the time that he sought to begin his spring training in May.
"When it’s all said and done I want me to be able to say I did everything I could," Wright said in March. "If it works, that’s obviously the goal. And if it doesn’t work, then I’ll rest easy knowing that I gave it my best shot."
Wright, who has been plagued by spinal stenosis and other injuries, missed all of the 2017 season and has played in just 75 games since 2015.
Wright has hit .296/.376/.491 with 242 HR, 390 doubles, and 970 RBI in 1,583 career games with the Mets dating back to 2004.
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)