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Mets' Wright To Be Activated For Final Homestand, Then Will Likely Retire

September 13, 2018 - 2:54 pm
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By WFAN.com

David Wright is returning to the Mets for what are likely the final games of his career.

In a Citi Field news conference Thursday, Wright stopped short of using the word "retirement," but when asked if this season will be his last, the 35-year-old third baseman said: "I don't see that (playing) as a possibility."

"I will say physically and the way I feel right now and from everything that the doctors have told me, there's not going to be any improvement," Wright said.

The Mets announced that Wright will be activated for the team's final homestand of the season and he will start at third base on Sept. 29 against the Miami Marlins.

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Back, shoulder and neck issues have limited Wright to just 75 games over the past four seasons. He last played in the majors in May 2016. 

Wright underwent surgery in September 2017 to repair his right rotator cuff and then was back in the operating room a month later for a laminotomy procedure on his lower back. During spring training this year, Wright was shut down for two months after experiencing setbacks coming back from those surgeries.

"David Wright is a Mets icon, one of the finest players and people ever to wear the uniform -- Mets uniform or any uniform -- and clearly our fan favorite," Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said.

"Despite more than two years of hard work, three surgeries and a rehab assignment, his body is still preventing him from making it back. I've had many conversations with David, and he's told me he wants to end this year on our active roster. Based on his career accomplishments for this franchise and how hard he's worked over the past two years, David has earned the opportunity to return to the major league field. Out of respect for him personally, professionally and for our fans, we want to give him that opportunity."

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Added Wright: "I truly bleed orange and blue, and throughout this process, the love and the support and the respect from inside and outside the organization has meant the world to me."

Wright also said it means a lot to him for his two daughters to see him play before he retires. 

"So needless to say, Saturday, Sept. 29 is extremely important to me," Wright said.

It's unclear how much the Mets might play Wright, but Wilpon said he will be available in all the games he is active for.

The Mets selected Wright in the first round (38th overall) of the 2001 draft out of Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. Playing now in parts of 14 seasons, the seven-time All-Star is the Mets' all-time leader in hits (1,777), RBIs (970) and runs scored (949). His .296 career batting average is tied for third in franchise history, and his 242 home runs trail only Darryl Strawberry, who hit 10 more. Wright was also a member of the Mets' 2015 World Series team.

Wright still has two years and $27 million remaining on the eight-year, $138 million contract he signed in November 2012.