David Wright on 0-for-3 Single-A start: ‘I’m all smiles’

Even an oh-fer felt good, David Wright said Sunday after a rehab start for Cla s A St. Lucie in the Florida State League.Admitting to “butterflies” before his first game in almost a year, Wright, 35, went0-for-3 with two strikeouts in five innings of a 4-1 lo s ot Clearwater.And yet “It was good to get out there,” Wright told reporters after the game (via “Hopefully the results will come, but for now, getting three at -bats, going out playing the field for five innings, seeing some pitches, seeing some really dominant pitching. … it was good to be challenged like that early. I’m all smiles.”Wrightlast appeared in major-leaguegame in May 2016 because of shoulder and lower back injuries.The seven-time All-Starhas spent his entire career Travis Wood Jersey with New York but has been limited to just 75 games since 2015. Still, heremains under contract through the 2020 seasonand is owed $27 million over the next two years.”What I’ve kind of come to realize, these last two months of this baseball-rehab stuff, is that I certainly need off days periodically,” he said Sunday.”We’re going to look at that when we start scheduling for the next week or so.”Wright holds a .296/.376/.491 career slash line with 242 homers and 970 RBIs. He also has won two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards.He said his goal is still to make it back to the Mets 49-66and in fourth place in the NL East entering Monday’s games by the end of the season.”I wouldn’t be out here in 95-degree sunny Florida dripping sweat if I didn’t think I could make it back,” Wright said.

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