Mets’ chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon announced in a press conference today that third baseman David Wright is officially scheduled to come off the 60-day disabled list on September 25, and will make his first start on Saturday, September 29th against the Miami Marlins.
Wright doesn’t see himself playing again after this September, citing that on a physical level, “it’s no longer working… there’s not going to be any improvement… I don’t see (more) as a possibility”
Wright hasn’t played a game in a Met uniform since May 27, 2016, and has spent the last two years recovering from surgery to repair a disk in his neck, a shoulder impingement, a torn rotator cuff, and a handful of back ailments. Prior to his shutdown in 2016, the captain had been dealing with spinal stenosis that had cost him roughly two-thirds of his 2015 campaign.
Despite hitting just .171/.209/.195 in 43 plate appearances while rehabbing between High-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Las Vegas, Wright still strung together seven hits in his last 27 at-bats, and homered off Tim Peterson during his most recent excursion – a simulated game at Citi Field – last Friday.
The prolonging of Wright’s recovery process and the decision to call it a career, as Wilpon reiterated, had nothing to do with insurance policies and loopholes. Rather, he insisted, the Mets wanted to guarantee that the captain accomplished a goal to return to the field as methodically and safely as possible, “out of respect for him, his health, and his family.”
Wright holds the all-time franchise record for plate appearances (6,869), hits (1,777), walks (761), extra-base hits (658), RBI (970), runs scored (949), and offensive WAR (51.9). He is second all-time in homers (242) and games played (1,533), and fourth in stolen bases (196).
Weather permitting, the game is scheduled for a 7:10 PM start against the Miami Marlins, and it will be televised on SNY. Needless to say, it will be a rather emotional return for both Wright and the entire fanbase as they both prepare for a ceremonious, tender, and above all else overwhelming sendoff. Tickets are still available. Tissues will not be provided.