Slow and steady is the name of the game when it comes to managing David Wright rehab. Since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis last season, the Mets captain has been treating his back issues on a day-to-day basis. Depending on what side of the bed he wakes up on, literally, Wright will know whether or not his spinal condition will permit him to play each day.
Spring Training is already underway, but the Mets don't appear to be in any hurry to throw Wright into live game action. The Amazin's third baseman appeared 38 regular-season games last season and hit .289 with five homers and 17 RBIs.
There's no doubting Wright's impact on the team both on and off the field, but his days of playing 150-plus games are in the rearview.
Terry Collins and the medical staff are setting an early tone for Wright's handling by taking a meticulous and patient approach to bringing him up to speed. The last thing the Mets want is for No. 5 to suffer a setback and land on the disabled list.
During the course of a marathon 162-game season, it wouldn't be surprising to see Wright grab pine on many Sunday afternoons to give his body a rest.
The Mets also figure to be in serious postseason contention and the prospect of playing up to 19 playoff battles will also factor in to the Mets regular season plan for Wright.
Few critics are doubting that the Mets are all-in for 2016, but they're not jeapardizing the health of one of their core players this early in the season. Look for Wright to see live game action some time late next week.
2016 Regular Season Prediction: 110 games played .289, 18 home runs and 79 RBIs.