The Mets released Wright on Monday. Wright had previously announced in September that 2018 would be his last season in the big leagues, so the Mets' decision to remove him from the roster was merely a procedural move. The 36-year-old will remain with the organization in advisory role to the front office and will still be paid the $27 million he's owed through the next two years.
Wright will start at third base and bat third against Miami on Saturday. Wright grounded out as a pinch hitter Friday, his first big-league action since May of 2016. He's expected to receive a pair of plate appearances Saturday before leaving to a standing ovation in the final game of his career.
Wright (shoulder) played in a major league game for the first time in two and a half seasons in Friday's loss to the Braves. He pinch-hit to lead off the fifth and grounded out to third, going 0-for-1 in his only at-bat. It's been a long road back for the Mets captain as there was plenty of doubt over whether he'd ever step foot on the field again. After extensive time off and plenty of rehab, Wright has worked his way back so that he can play one final game before he retires. He will bat third and start at third base for the Mets on Saturday against the Braves in the last major league game of his illustrious career.
Wright (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. As expected, Wright is back with the Mets ahead of their series opener against the Braves. It marks the first time since June of 2016 that the veteran third baseman has been on the team's active roster following a long road back from multiple injuries. He's set to pinch hit during New York's three-game set against the Braves before making the final start of his career Saturday against the Marlins, according to Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record.
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.