David Wright and Daniel Murphy both had bats in their hands and said they were getting closer to being ready for Opening Day.

Terry Collins, though, has been around the Mets long enough to know not to plan too far ahead.

So when he was asked whether Murphy could be penciled into the No. 2 hole in the order, the manager stopped short.

“That’s way out there,” Collins said after the Mets lost to the Tigers, 9-4, in a split-squad game yesterday at Tradition Field. “I haven’t gone that far. I don’t have him in the lineup yet. I don’t have the faintest idea. I’ve got some other positions I don’t know who’s going to be there yet.”

Right now, that’s half of his infield, but at least there were some positive signs.

Yesterday, Wright took live batting practice for the first time since an intercostal injury sidelined him during the World Baseball Classic, and Murphy, also plagued by a sore intercostal, played in his first minor league game.

“It’s one day closer and I continue to progress, so that is a good thing,” Wright said of his recovery. “For a couple of different reasons, kind of mentally it’s somewhat of a hurdle to get over, not knowing how you are going to feel when you swing.”

He reported no problems.

“It was kind of normal,” Wright said of his BP session. “I don’t go out and try to hit a lot of homers in BP anyways, so it felt good.”

But he’s still not completely healed.