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Mets Activate David Wright From DL

September 25, 2018 - 3:51 pm
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By WFAN.com

David Wright is once again an active member of the New York Mets.

As expected, the team activated the veteran third baseman from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday.

Sidelined by back, shoulder and neck injuries, Wright has not played in the majors since May 2016.

"It's been a long time coming," Wright told reporters Tuesday, hours before the Mets face the Braves at Citi Field. "Can't wait to put that jersey on tonight for sure. A lot of time, a lot of hard work, so to be able to suit up, to go out there and just the opportunity to get the chance to play means the world to me."

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Earlier this month, the Mets announced the 35-year-old captain was going to be activated for the final homestand of the season and start at third base Saturday against the Miami Marlins. 

Wright said he does not expect to play again following this season after doctors told him they don't believe his condition will improve.

Manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday he might use Wright as a pinch hitter in one of the four games leading up to Saturday's contest, which is being treated as Wright's unofficial retirement party.

While it appears Wright's career is winding down, he has not used the word "retirement" publicly, likely because he has two years and $27 million remaining on the eight-year, $138 million contract he signed in November 2012.

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.