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David Wright to be activated for Mets' final homestand

14 September, 2018, 21:46 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Wright, who was named team captain in 2013, has been with the Mets through thick and thin - for better or for worse.

The announcement was made at a press conference on Thursday.

He said Thursday that he doesn't believe his body, which has required multiple surgeries on his shoulder, back and neck, will allow him to play again afterward.

The team said Wright will be activated for the homestand, which begins September 25, and will make his final start at third base September 29 against the Miami Marlins.

Wright said that he addressed his teammates before coming out for the press conference and joked that he hoped he was done crying.

"To the fans, words can't express the gratitude and appreciation for always having my back".

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Wright, 35, has played in only 75 games since the start of the 2015 season and has not taken the field for the Mets since May 27, 2016.

"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", he said. "So yeah, I don't see [playing beyond September] as a possibility".

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.

If Wright does retire at season's end, he will leave $27 million on the table between the last two seasons of his eight-year, $138 million contract. The vast majority of the Wright deal is covered by insurance, but that doesn't mean the Mets chose to do any handiwork with their savings.

"It's debilitating to play baseball", Wright admitted.

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