In an emotional address at a press conference at Citi Field on Thursday, Wright thanked the team ownership, front office, teammates, coaches, and staff. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me". Wright will be active and in uniform, perhaps pinch hitting and stuff during their series against the Braves mid-week, but starting at third base against the Marlins on Saturday the 29.
It isn't the way he wanted to end his career, but David Wright will be taking one last set of swings as the third baseman for the New York Mets. September 25 marks the beginning of their final homestand.
"Physically, and the way I feel right now, and from what 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". He is under contract through the 2020 season, with $27 million remaining on his deal. However, Wright will make an appearance in one last game during the Mets' final home stand of the season.
He most recently went out on a minor-league rehab assignment in mid-August, playing in 12 games, but could not get to the point where he felt 100 percent. Wright has worked to return from a litany of neck, back and shoulder injuries that have required surgery.
While Wright never specifically mentioned retirement Thursday, he made it clear he can no longer continue to play. "And there are some days where it was too painful to think about baseball". He earned $20 million this season, a portion of which the Mets have recouped via insurance while he's been on the disabled list.