Mets' David Wright To Play One More Game Before Retiring

Heather Diaz
September 14, 2018

It looks like the end of an era in Queens.

During a press conference at Citi Field on Thursday, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon announced that Wright would be activated for New York's final homestand, which begins on September 25.

"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.

The Mets plan to activate Wright when they return to Citi Field on September 25 against the Atlanta Braves.

An emotional Wright did not technically announce his retirement, but said he is medically unfit to continue playing after his final start. Wright has worked to return from a litany of neck, back and shoulder injuries that have required surgery.

He characterized his rehab as a near-constant struggle.

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"When I really started ramping up baseball stuff. when I woke up in the mornings, something is always a concern", Wright said.

The 35-year-old hasn't played for the Mets since May 27, 2016.

Wright, a seven-time All-Star, spent the entirety of his 13-year career with the Mets, posting a cumulative slash line of.296/.376/.491 (112 OPS+) with 242 home runs, 390 doubles, and 196 stolen bases.

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".

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. "I love the game, I truly do..."

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