David Wright Will Play His Last Game on Mets Final Homestand

Aubrey Yates
September 14, 2018

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon opened Thursday's press conference at Citi Field by saying that although Wright's body has not responded the way it needed to, "out of respect for him personally, professionally, and for our fans, we want to give him this opportunity".

Wright is now slated to start at third base for the Mets on Saturday, Sept. 29, and it sounds as though that start could mark the final game of a brilliant career that was unfortunately cut short by significant injuries.

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.

According to WFAN's Mike Francesa, the Mets will activate the veteran third baseman for their last homestand of the season. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me".

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The 35-year-old last played in the majors on May 27, 2016, as he has been sidelined by back, shoulder and neck issues related to the spinal stenosis he has suffered from for many years.

"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. "So yeah, I don't see [playing beyond September] as a possibility". However, Wright will make an appearance in one last game during the Mets' final home stand of the season.

"I said it when I was a younger player, and I'll say it again: I truly bleed orange and blue", Wright said. When the Mets reinstate him from the 60-day disabled list, they could diminish the amount of insurance money they could collect on his contract.

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