David Wright the captain of the New York Mets will return during the team’s last homestand and make what appears to be a final appearance as a Major League Baseball player.
The Mets organization said that they are planning to activate Wright on September 25 upon the team’s return to Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves. Wright will start for the Mets at third base during the next to last day of the regular season against the Miami Marlins.
When he starts it will be the first major league game Wright has played in since May of 2016. Wright, who is 35, has been an All-Star seven times, and has worked hard to return from his array of injuries suffered from his back, to his shoulder and his neck, that have all required surgery.
Although he has not officially announcement retirement, Wright does not expect to play following this season.
During a press conference, Wright said that the way he feels now and from all that his doctors have said to him, there is not going to be improvement, so he does not see playing any more after 2018 as a possibility.
The COO of the Mets Jeff Wilpon and the senior VP of Operations John Ricco were with Wright during his emotional press conference prior to the team’s doubleheader versus the Marlins to announce the news about Wright to end all speculation about whether the third baseman would return to play or not.
Wilpon called Wright a Mets icon and one of the finest person and player ever to wear a baseball uniform, Mets uniform or any uniform and clearly the team’s fan favorite.
Wilpon added that despite over two years of working hard following three surgeries and his rehab assignment, David’s body is still preventing him from returning to play. He said that he and Wright had spoken many times and that Wright told him he wanted to end his MLB career on the team’s active roster.
Wright has a contract that includes salaries for $20 million in 2018, $15 million in 2019 and $12 million for 2020. By reinstating Wright from the team’s 60-day disabled list, the Mets will likely receive less insurance money.
Wilpon told reporters that Wright earned his opportunity to return and play for the Mets and out of respect for him both personally and professionally and for Mets fans, we want him to have that opportunity.