Those words seemed unlikely, as Wright hadn't played in a big league game since 2016.
Wright is now slated to start at third base for the Mets on Saturday, Sept. 29, and it sounds as though that start could mark the final game of a brilliant career that was unfortunately cut short by significant injuries.
Wright strongly implied during the press conference that this will be it too, and that he will retire at the end of the season, saying that playing baseball is "debilitating" to his health and that "there's not going to be an improvement" in the problems that have cost him so much time.
"I've been wearing this uniform or something similar for half my life now", Wright said at a news conference.
"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you, and serve as your captain", an emotional Wright said. The third baseman is expected to start against the Miami Marlins on September 29. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me". Wright, who has been with the Mets since 2004 and has dealt with over two years of injuries and rehab, said on Thursday that he will play with the Mets for their final homestand this season.
Wright is a career.296 hitter in the majors, with 242 home runs and 970 RBIs. "So, yeah, I don't see that as a possibility".
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). He earned $20 million this season, a portion of which the Mets have recouped via insurance while he's been on the disabled list.
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