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.
Check out footage of Wright's press conference, as well as some of the reactions to today's news, in the tweets embedded below.
"To the fans, words can't express the gratitude and appreciation for always having my back".
The 35-year-old is scheduled to play on the second to last day of the regular season against Miami. September 25 marks the beginning of their final homestand.
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Among the all-time Mets records Wright holds are hits (1,777), doubles, total bases (2,665), RBI, and runs scored. However, Wright will make an appearance in one last game during the Mets' final home stand of the season.
"I don't see (more) as a possibility", Wright told reporters about playing in 2019.
Wright began a minor league rehab assignment with high Class-A St. Lucie on August 12 and was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on August 28. 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.
"I would say once I started ramping up, and definitely in the games, is when physically I knew that I couldn't do it".
Some have suggested that the Mets' inclination was financially-motivated in that, as long as Wright is on the disabled list, insurance will cover much of his salary.