After playing in only 38 games last season as he learned to deal with spinal stenosis, David Wright is looking at spring training as a “test period.”
“Mentally you prepare yourself to play as much as possible,” Wright told Bergen Record writer Matt Ehalt. “With my back, last year down the stretch it helped me getting the occasional off day, but you can’t really answer that question until I start back up and see how these workouts have gone, how my body feels. You can work out as much as you want during the off-season, [but] when you get your cleats on and get back on the field, that’s a different type of workout and grind on your body.
The odds suggest that Wright is unlikely to regain All-Star status at age 33, but the Mets have to hope that he will be a productive player in 2016.
The Marcels projection system has Wright hitting .275 with 9 home runs, 6 stolen bases and a .343 on-base percentage in 346 plate appearances. The Steamer projection system has Wright hitting .266 with 11 home runs, 6 stolen bases and a .337 on-base percentage in 456 plate appearances.
Let’s hope the Mets’ captain can defy expectations.