After years of injuries and frustration, David Wright will get a chance to take the field for the Mets again.
The captain will be activated from the disabled list Sept. 25 for the team’s final homestand and will start at third base Sept. 29 against the Marlins, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon announced Thursday.
David Wright will be activated Sept. 25 and be available for the homestand. He will start at third on the 29th. pic.twitter.com/ZPaYtDY4aD
— Sean Farrell (@seanfarrell92) September 13, 2018
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. In the interim, he has had multiple surgeries to address problems with his neck, back and shoulder.
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.
“For me to play even back-to-back games was just survival mode,” Wright said at a news conference Thursday.
While Wright never specifically mentioned retirement Thursday, he made it clear he can no longer continue to play.
“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 that as a possibility.”
It was an emotional session for Wright, who thanked the Mets, their fans and his family for a career spent only with the organization, which selected him with a supplemental first-round pick in the 2001 MLB Draft.
“To my teammates coaches and staff, it’s truly the honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain,” he said, his voice cracking as he broke into tears. “Some of my closest friendships have formed in that clubhouse, and we’ll certainly be friends for life.”
A seven-time All-Star, Wright has a career slash line of .296/.376/.491 with 242 home runs in 1,583 games. He is under contract through the 2020 season, with $27 million remaining on his deal.