David Wright to be activated for Mets' final homestand

David Wright prepares for one more — and one last — Mets game

The New York Mets will activate third baseman David Wright from the disabled list on September 25, and he will start what he expects to be his final major league game on September 29.

The news of his return came with a stunning admission by Wright, who said his recovery from multiple injuries has not progressed to the point where he will be able to play again after 2018.

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Mets COO Jeff Wilpon opened Thursday's press conference at Citi Field by saying that although Wright's body has not responded the way it needed to, "out of respect for him personally, professionally, and for our fans, we want to give him this opportunity". Wright will be active and in uniform, perhaps pinch hitting and stuff during their series against the Braves mid-week, but starting at third base against the Marlins on Saturday the 29. The vast majority of the Wright deal is covered by insurance, but that doesn't mean the Mets chose to do any handiwork with their savings.

"The way I feel right now and from everything that the doctors have told me, there's not gonna be any improvement", he said. "I don't see (continuing) as a possibility".

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Wright, 35, has played in only 75 games since the start of the 2015 season and has not taken the field for the Mets since May 27, 2016.

He most recently went out on a minor-league rehab assignment in mid-August, playing in 12 games, but could not get to the point where he felt 100 percent. If Wright does, in fact, retire, the Mets will be off the hook for the $27 million he is still owed for the final two seasons of the eight-year, $138 million contract he signed with the team December of 2012.

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Wright is a career.296 hitter in the majors, with 242 home runs and 970 RBIs.

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