Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said Thursday that Wright (shoulder) will finish the 2018 season on the active roster, officially joining the team Sept. 25 prior to a three-game series versus the Braves, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. Wright will start at third base against the Marlins on Sept. 29 and end his playing career following the conclusion of the 2018 season, per Wagner. Following a long and rocky road back from multiple injuries and surgeries, Wright will receive a proper sendoff in front of the Mets' fans for the club's final homestand of the season. During the press conference, Wright repeatedly thanked his teammates, coaches and fans, stating, "It's truly been an honor to take the field with you and serve as your captain." When he's reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Sept. 25, that will mark his first time back on the active roster since June 3, 2016. It's unclear if Wright will receive any playing time during the series against the Braves or in the opener versus Miami on Sept. 28, but he will at least take the field in the starting lineup in what looks like the final game in his career Sept. 29. Per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Wright admitted that "there's not going to be any improvement" regarding his physical condition and all but said he will retire at the end of the year, though the term "medically unfit to continue playing" was used multiple times instead of "retirement" during the press conference. Over the course of his 15-year career, Wright has hit 242 home runs, recorded 970 RBI, and played in 1,583 games for the Mets.
Wright (shoulder) is scheduled to meet with the Mets' brass either Wednesday or Thursday to discuss his plan for the remainder of the month, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Wright was able to take live batting practice Tuesday, though wet field conditions kept him from fielding groundballs. He's set to meet with COO Jeff Wilpon in the coming days to determine the next step in his rehab. The veteran third baseman is still confident he can return this season.
Wright (shoulder) maintained that he expects to return before the end of the season following a simulated game Saturday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Wright will participate in another simulated game Tuesday. It's unclear when the Mets intend for him to return, though the final homestand of the season, which begins Sept. 25, could be a target. His return will be largely symbolic, as he's been out for two and a half seasons.
Wright (shoulder) will participate in another workout Friday followed by a simulated game Saturday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. This likely rules out any shot Wright had of returning from the disabled list this weekend, though it marks another positive step in the right direction. Wright has been rehabbing with the big-league club for the past week but remains without a concrete timetable.
Wright (shoulder) is unlikely to be activated from the 60-day disabled list in the near future, Tim Britton of The Athletic New York reports. The fact that Wright has hit just 6-for-32 at High-A St. Lucie before moving his rehab assignment up to Triple-A Las Vegas this week suggests that he's not yet ready to return from his 27-month absence and face major-league pitching. His 20-day rehab window ends Friday, however, so the Mets will be forced to make a decision. Even if Wright does make it back to the big leagues before the end of the season, his odds of being a significant fantasy contributor or even playing on a regular basis are slim.