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NEW YORK -- Two days after a scary beaning that put him on the disabled list with a concussion, David Wright returned to Citi Field on Monday and met with the man who threw the pitch: Matt Cain.
Wright already had received calls and texts from the Giants pitcher, conveying the right-hander's regret that his 0-and-2 pitch in Saturday's game had veered into the All-Star third baseman's helmet. Wright spent Saturday night in a hospital for observation, but by Monday was able to return to the ballpark.
When he met with the Giants pitcher, the discussion included an extended hand and a pat on the shoulder.
"He said, 'I understand it was an accident,'" said Cain, who was doing conditioning work on the field when he and Wright came together.
During a news conference held to discuss his status following the incident, Wright made it clear he had no concerns about Cain's intent with the pitch.
"He might have wanted to come in, but he definitely didn't want to throw the ball right through," Wright said.
Wright was adamant in stating that he plans on returning to the lineup as soon as he is eligible on Aug. 31.
"I'm sure that I'll be able to play again this year," Wright said.
Catcher Bengie Molina and manager Bruce Bochy also left cell-phone messages for Wright. Bochy became acquainted with Wright while managing a team of Major League stars that toured Japan after the 2006 season.
"This game's competitive, but you hate to see anybody get hit in the head," Bochy said. "We all had concern for him, and we're glad to hear he's doing OK."