ARLINGTON -- Mets manager Terry Collins plans to spend his All-Star break at the team's Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., overseeing David Wright's rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his lower back.
Wright, who began a series of "twisting exercises" Saturday morning in an effort to improve his flexibility and conditioning, plans to begin taking batting practice sometime next week. The Mets cleared him to ramp up his rehabilitation following an examination last Thursday, with the hope that the third baseman can return from the disabled list immediately following the break.
"It's feasible," Collins said of a July 15 return for Wright, who hit the DL on May 16 after playing through his injury for nearly a month. Wright was hitting .226 with six homers in 39 games prior to landing on the disabled list.
Bay, Turner rest with minor ailments
ARLINGTON -- Still battling major injuries up and down their roster, the Mets have now suffered a pair of minor ones. Left fielder Jason Bay sat out Saturday's game with lingering stiffness in his neck, and Justin Turner also rested with a jammed right thumb.
"So we're a little thin today," manager Terry Collins said.
Bay, who woke up Tuesday with discomfort in his neck, aggravated the injury on a diving attempt to catch Ian Kinsler's double in the first inning Friday. The injury was not serious, Bay insisted, and one day of rest should be sufficient to heal it.
"It hadn't been bad," Bay said. "I don't know if the dive last night jarred something. It kind of got stiffer as the game went on. I woke up this morning and it was not real great."
The story was similar for Turner, who jammed his thumb earlier this month and watched it slowly improve, before aggravating the injury during an eighth-inning at-bat on Friday. Collins planned to rest Turner on Saturday afternoon and play him in Sunday's finale, before another day of rest on Monday's team off-day.
"It's nothing extreme or out of the ordinary," Turner said. "It just stung me a little bit."
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Though not serious, the injuries did handicap New York's flexibility during Saturday's game against the Rangers. Without Turner, Daniel Murphy slid over to play third base, while Lucas Duda cracked the lineup at first. Jason Pridie manned left field, with Willie Harris starting at designated hitter and batting in the two hole.
Bay, who collected three singles in Friday's game, is hitting .378 over his last nine games to bump his average up to .241. Turner, who was available as a pinch-hitter Saturday, is in the midst of an 11-for-60 slump that has dropped his average more than 40 points, to .267.
Mets considering ways to cope with heat
ARLINGTON -- Terry Collins said the Mets have discussed administering intravenous fluids to players before games to prevent them from cramping in the heat.
The Mets took regular batting practice prior to Saturday's day game, despite temperatures threatening to top 100 degrees.
"I spent too many years playing in Phoenix and Vegas, where it was 116," Collins said, referring to some of his stops as a Minor League manager. "We can handle 100."
Nonetheless, Chris Capuano left Thursday's game in New York after six innings with cramping in his side, and said afterward that dehydration may have played a role.