New York's captain - who was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015 and hasn't played in the majors since 2016 - will return to the team and be activated for their final homestand of the 2018 season at Citi Field starting September 25. An announcement is expected Thursday afternoon.
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. It's truly been an honor to take the field with you and serve as your captain.
The longtime and often-injured Met didn't use the word retirement during his press conference today, but fighting through tears he thanked the organization, his teammates and the fans, while also acknowledging that his body won't allow him to play the game of baseball again.
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He said: "I would come out on the floor thinking I was early and he was already out there and Reggie had a Superman shirt on". "People look at how I left, but I look at how I lived while I was (in Boston)", Allen said Thursday, per ESPN .
If Wright does retire at season's end, he will leave $27 million on the table between the last two seasons of his eight-year, $138 million contract.
The 35-year-old is scheduled to play on the second to last day of the regular season against Miami.
"I don't see (more) as a possibility", Wright told reporters about playing in 2019. He began his latest comeback in August at Class A St. Lucie, hitting a combined.171 with a double and two RBIs in 41 at-bats during 10 games for St. Lucie and two with Triple-A Las Vegas. "And there are some days where it was too painful to think about baseball". He earned $20 million this season, a portion of which the Mets have recouped via insurance while he's been on the disabled list.