David Wright is returning to the Mets' active roster, though not in the way that he had hoped.
David Wright will be activated for the Mets' final homestand starting September 25 and will suit up to play third base on September 29. The third baseman is expected to start against the Miami Marlins on September 29.
Wright said that he addressed his teammates before coming out for the press conference and joked that he hoped he was done crying.
As is typical for the Mets there has been confusion as to what the actual plan was, with Wright strongly suggesting he was ready to play while the Mets seemed inclined to hold him back.
"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you and serve as your captain". However, Wright will make an appearance in one last game during the Mets' final home stand of the season. "To the fans: words can't express my gratitude and appreciation for always having my back".
Although Wright did not say that he will officially retire, he conceded that his physical condition will not improve and doesn't think playing beyond that game will be possible. "So, yeah, I don't see that as a possibility". During his career, Wright was a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award victor and two-time Silver Slugger Award victor.
Among the all-time Mets records Wright holds are hits (1,777), doubles, total bases (2,665), RBI, and runs scored.
"I love the game; I love the relationships; I love the preparation; I love talking baseball, anything about the game", Wright said. He is under contract through the 2020 season, with $27 million remaining on his deal. The 35-year-old told reporters he wished things had turned out differently, but did not have any regrets about his career.