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Mets' Wright says goal is opening day, but can't guarantee it

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Mets star David Wright said his goal is to play opening day. It's too early to guarantee it, though.

"That's looking to predict the future," said Wright, who returned to Mets camp after trips to both the WBC and the doctor. "I can't do that. I won't do that. ... Obviously the goal of mine is to be ready for opening day. But first things first, and that's getting the pain out of my side."

Wright came out of the WBC with what's being called a moderate strain of the left intercostal. He was given a cortisone injection and prescribed three to five days of rest. He said the shot may take a few days to work. "It's not nearly as bad as it was," he said, "but I can still feel it."

Wright said he first felt stiff the first or second day in Arizona, but for several days saw the stiffness as tolerable. He was scratched from the USA lineup less than an hour before the game in Miami against the Dominican Republic, not too long after reporting the pain to the Mets and Team USA. "If I can still play my game, I'm going to try to play through it," he said. "When it got to the point where I was not able to sleep ... that's when I got treatment."

Wright said he tries to play through tweaks and bruises, whether he's in spring training, the WBC or regular-season games. "If I needed to call somebody everytime I felt something, I wouldn't play too many games," he said.

He doesn't blame the WBC. "Playing ball, there's some risk that comes along with that," he said.

When Wright started to have concern about whether the injury could affect playing real games for the Mets, that's when he reported it and started getting treatment. And that's when his stint in the WBC was over. He is hopeful he can make it back for the real games because he has played a lot already and is baseball-ready.

His concern, he said, is that "once this thing is knocked out, we have to keep it out."

He did return with a new nickname, "Captain America," for his superb play and leadership in guiding Team USA to three wins in four games before the Americans lost two straight to fall out of it without him. He said he had fun and wasn't especially embarrassed. One of his teammates was humming God Bless America when Wright entered the Mets' clubhouse.

Said Wright, "Captain America is a cool super hero.''

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