Mets' David Wright to return during final homestand, with retirement likely next

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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 team said Wright will be activated for the homestand, which begins September 25, and will make his final start at third base September 29 against the Miami Marlins.

Wright will be activated for the homestand beginning September 25 and start at third base September 29 against the Miami Marlins. Wright, speaking to his teammates who attended the press conference with him, added, "it's truly been an honor to take the field with you, and serve as your captain".

The 35-year-old is scheduled to play on the second to last day of the regular season against Miami.

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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. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon says that there will indeed be a discussion about the retirement of Wright's No. 5 (Twitter link via the New York Post's Mike Puma), though there's no specific timetable just yet as to when that honor would be bestowed upon venerable team captain. In 6869 plate appearances, all coming with the Mets, he posted a superlative.296/.376/.491 batting line with 242 home runs and 196 stolen bases.

Mets players were watching as Wright addressed the media.

"The way I feel right now and from everything the doctors have told me, there's not going to be an improvement", Wright said when asked if he could play beyond 2018. "I don't see that as a possibility". 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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