Wright's playing career probably over after final homestand

David Wright

Regardless of the financial details, Wright will go down as one of the best players in franchise history and will be remembered as one of the most respected players in the game during his time as a Major Leaguer.

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.

While Wright, a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glover and two-time Silver Slugger Award victor, won't be playing that night, he will start at third base on Saturday, September 29.

He opened Thursday's press conference with a joke, laughing as he said, "This kind of caught me off guard - I thought we were going to announce an extension today".

New York Mets captain David Wright has not suited up for the team since May 27, 2016 due to a slew of injuries including a herniated disk in his neck as well as back and shoulder surgeries. "To the fans: words can't express my gratitude and appreciation for always having my back".

"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you and serve as your captain". "I don't see (continuing) as a possibility".

Wright played in 12 minor league games this season, hitting.171 with no home runs and two RBIs.

Wright said that he can not foresee a way to continue playing baseball in the future, given his current condition, calling the very process of playing baseball "debilitating" (Twitter links via SNY's Andy Martino).

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. The 35-year-old told reporters he wished things had turned out differently, but did not have any regrets about his career.

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