David Wright discusses his second sim game Tuesday Matt Ehalt, Staff Writer, @MattEhalt
NEW YORK -- David Wright will soon get clarity on whether he'll play again.
After taking at-bats in a second simulated game Tuesday, Wright will meet New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon either Wednesday or Thursday to discuss the game plan moving forward.
“They certainly know where I stand and coming into this week the goal was two simulated games," Wright said before the 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. "Now, I didn’t get to play defense, but that wasn’t because of anything I could control. We’ll see where the conversation takes us and hopefully work something out.”
Wright has made it clear he plans to return after missing more than two years, but Mets assistant general manager John Ricco has said multiple times that Wright has not met all the requirements needed to play. The medical staff has to sign off on any decision.
One requirement for Wright was playing in two simulated games, and he accomplished that Tuesday, although he did not field any balls due to a muddy field. Wright faced prospects Justin Dunn and David Peterson, and while he made more contact than his in first game, he did not produce many hard-hit balls in the brief session.
Wright hopes adrenaline and instincts will take over once he's in a game.
He is scheduled to travel with the team on its upcoming three-city, 10-game road trip but it will be tough for him to find time to get work in on the field in an opponent's stadium.
“The biggest thing for me is how my body responds. The second biggest thing is results," Wright said. "We’re getting to the point now, I said it during my rehab assignment, results really aren’t all that important in the first 10 days or so, it was really the second 10 days. Now, I want to put better swings on balls and swing at better pitches, that’s what I’ve really done well, taking balls and swinging at strikes. Now it’s a matter of not only putting the ball in play but putting the ball in play with some authority.”
As Wright hopes he will play for the first time since May 27, 2016, he insisted that he has not thought much about 2019. If Wright returns, it will cost the Mets several million dollars since the insurance policy is only for when he's on the disabled list.
"This is over two years of work. That’s coming out to the field to get back and play in a major league game ... certainly my short-term goal and as it’s been the last couple of years, and my long-term goal is to put that uniform on and play. I can’t look too much beyond that," Wright said. "My short-term goal is to get back on the field.”