NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - After a two-year absence from the field, third baseman David Wright, the longtime captain of the New York Mets, will return to the baseball diamond one final time and then call it a career.
Spinal stenosis and other medical problems have sidelined Wright since the 2016 season. Since then, he has undergone several surgeries and has attempted a full comeback.
The Mets will activate him on September 25 for their final series. He will play on Saturday, September 29, against the Marlins.
Although Wright did not say that he will officially retire, he conceded that his physical condition will not improve and doesn't think playing beyond that game will be possible.
In an emotional address at a press conference at Citi Field on Thursday, Wright thanked the team ownership, front office, teammates, coaches, and staff.
"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you and serve as your captain. Some of my closest friendships are formed in that clubhouse," he said. "To the fans: words can't express my gratitude and appreciation for always having my back."
Wright, 35, has played his entire career with the Mets, amassing 1777 hits, 242 home runs, and 970 RBI in 13 seasons with a batting average of .296, according to Baseball Reference.
Was just clarified by Jeff Wilpon (#DavidWright deferred by looking over) David is not officially retiring at this time he is however entering into “medically unable to play at the major league level”.— Tina Cervasio (@TinaCervasio) September 13, 2018
David Wright was a wonderful, exemplary New York Sports Captain. #Mets— Tina Cervasio (@TinaCervasio) September 13, 2018