PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets star David Wright got a hit and scored a run Monday night in his first minor league rehabilitation game since going on the disabled list in mid-April.
The 32-year-old third baseman went 1 for 3 and drew a walk as the designated hitter for Class A St. Lucie. He hadn't played since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.
Wright ran from first to third on a single and scored on a groundout. His outs were routine - a fly to center and a pop to second - in an 8-4 loss to Fort Myers in the Florida State League.
''Physically, I felt pretty good,'' Wright said. ''Now it's just getting my timing and going out to play the field.''
Wright plans to play third base for five innings on Tuesday for St. Lucie. A rest day is planned for Wednesday.
The Mets' captain hasn't played in the majors since getting two hits against Philadelphia on April 14.
Wright was originally put on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. But before he could come back, he was diagnosed with the back issue.
This was his first minor league game since 2011, when he had a six-game, 27 at-bat rehab stint with St. Lucie.
''Anytime you haven't played in a real game in few months, it takes a little while to get your legs under you,'' Wright said. ''It will be a good test for me tomorrow. I'm going to try to play within myself and not go crazy.''
In his absence, the Mets have used several third basemen, including Eric Campbell, Danny Muno, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Juan Uribe.
Wright said that in-between at-bats on Monday, he went into the clubhouse at Tradition Field and sneaked some peeks at how the NL East-leading Mets were doing at Citi Field against Colorado.
Daniel Murphy's tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning sent the Mets over the Rockies 4-2.
''Watching our game in New York, I saw Murphy's big two-run single,'' Wright said. ''It fires me up.''