David Wright is one step closer to being introduced as the Mets captain for the first time ever on Opening Day. The third baseman played in his first major-league game since he was diagnosed with a strained left intercostal, or rib muscle, Friday.

He went 0-for-3 and said he felt he was one step closer to being ready for the April 1 opener at Citi Field. Wright played five innings in the field, the first time against major leaguers since he was injured in the World Baseball Classic.

"I'm one step closer to Opening Day," Wright said of playing in the Mets 7-2 win over the Cardinals. "I am excited about Monday, each Opening Day pretty special.

"This is pretty cool, you only get one of those," Wright said of being introduced as captain at Citi Field for the first time. "I am sure I will try to soak it in a little bit, pretty cool."