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David Wright Will Play His Last Game on Mets Final Homestand

New York Mets infielder David Wright will be activated by the team for its final homestand New York Mets infielder David Wright will be activated by the team for its final homestand. More
Cary Erickson | 14 September, 2018, 10:26

During a press conference on Thursday, Wright announced that it will likely be the last series of his career.

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. The team said Wright is not officially retiring, but he would be medically unable to play moving forward.

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

The Sept. 29 contest against the Miami Marlins is the Mets' second-to-last game of the season. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me".

The franchise's hits leader, Wright has not played in a major league game since 2016 due to neck and shoulder surgeries and his ongoing battle with spinal stenosis.

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"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. "I don't see that as a possibility".

"It's debilitating to play baseball", Wright admitted. If Wright does, in fact, retire, the Mets will be off the hook for the $27 million he is still owed for the final two seasons of the eight-year, $138 million contract he signed with the team December of 2012.

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.

Some have suggested that the Mets' inclination was financially-motivated in that, as long as Wright is on the disabled list, insurance will cover much of his salary.