The Mets announced today that they’ve formally reinstated team captain David Wright from the disabled list. Their plans were made clear earlier this month when announcing that Wright would return for the season’s final homestand and make one start (this coming Saturday), but today’s announcement makes it official that Wright is an active Major League player for the first time in more than two calendar years.
The final six games of the season, particularly Saturday’s contest, promise to bring out plenty of emotional moments in Queens, as Mets fans bid farewell to arguably the greatest player in franchise history. Wright’s career has been tragically cut short by a series of injuries, beginning with a spinal stenosis diagnosis in 2016 that preceded eventual neck and shoulder surgeries. In a tearful press conference addressing his future earlier this month, the venerable third baseman acknowledged that playing baseball had become “debilitating” for him and that doctors simply could not forecast his condition improving to the point where he could continue his playing career.
Tickets quickly sold out for the final start of Wright’s career, so he’ll have the opportunity to soak in moment in front of what should be a capacity crowd at Citi Field. The franchise icon and World Baseball Classic hero will head into his final weekend as a Major Leaguer with a career .296/.376/.491 batting line, 242 home runs, 196 stolen bases, 390 doubles, 26 triples, 949 runs scored and 970 runs batted in.
Wright, now 35 years of age, won’t formally retire following the season, and he’ll continue to be paid out the remaining $27MM on his contract while spending the 2019-20 seasons on the 60-day disabled list. The Mets’ insurance policy on his contract reportedly covers 75 percent of his salary, so they’ll only owe him a combined $6.75MM out of pocket over the life of those two seasons.