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Mets' Wright to return for final game September 29

Mets' Wright to return for final game September 29

The Mets said that they plan to activate Wright when they return to Citi Field on September 25 against Atlanta. The plan: they will activate him on September 25 and he will start at third base on September 29, during the Mets' final home stand of the 2018 season. "For me to play back-to-back games, it was just survival mode", Wright explained.

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.

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.

The longtime and often-injured Met didn't use the word retirement during his press conference today, but fighting through tears he thanked the organization, his teammates and the fans, while also acknowledging that his body won't allow him to play the game of baseball again.

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The 35-year-old told reporters he wished things had turned out differently, but did not have any regrets about his career. "I don't see (continuing) as a possibility".

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

Wright is under contract through the 2020 season - set to earn $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020, during what is the final year of the eight-year, $138 million deal he signed prior to the 2013 season.


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