Wright expected to be activated Tuesday
Wright, on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion, is expected to be activated Tuesday before the opener of a three-game series in Colorado.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he would take it day by day with Wright, gauging his condition after each game. But the All-Star third baseman, who worked out Saturday with his teammates at Wrigley Field, seemed to have other plans.
"If I feel good after the first day, then I'm going to play the second day," Wright said. "And if I feel good after the second day, I want to play the third. I think he understands that I want to play. I appreciate him trying to look out for me, but we have obviously all of September left and I want to try and go out there and finish as strong as possible, individually and as a team."
The Mets, who have 13 players on the disabled list, were 13 games under .500 entering Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Manuel said he'll talk to Wright to determine if he's ready.
"It comes down to him wanting to look out for my best interest," Wright added. "We've always had an open line of communication. He knows I want to play and I know he wants to look out for me. We'll discuss it and hopefully I'll win."
Wright is confident he's fit to be back on the diamond, having undergone tests with trainers and neurologists.
"I think if there was any gray area they wouldn't have let me come back," Wright said. "Because they want to make sure there's no lasting effects.
"It's been a slow, gradual process, meeting with a lot of doctors, doing a lot of tests," he added. "And in the end I'm thankful they did it this way because it kind of took it out of my hands and allowed me to recuperate the way I should and not on my schedule, which was probably the wrong way."
Wright was batting .324 with a .414 on-base percentage when he got beaned Aug. 15. His 55 RBIs, 74 runs scored and 199 total bases are all team highs.
Manuel said Wright looks as fresh as ever, but reiterated how carefully he'll be monitoring the third baseman's condition.
"I'm going to really watch him after the first game and check with him the next day and see exactly how he feels," Manuel said. "If he feels a little stiff, a little banged up, then I'm going to give him that day off."
Manuel said he's not concerned with how Wright will adjust to being back in the batter's box. But Wright acknowledges he's not so sure what to expect.
"You never know until it happens," he said. "It's what I've done for as long as I can remember, so hopefully nothing changes. Until you step in the box you don't really know."
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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