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.
Wright (shoulder) will address the media Thursday at 1:45 p.m. EDT regarding his plans for the rest of the season.
According to Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com, it's not believed that Wright will be making a retirement announcement Thursday and is expected to instead declare his intention to continue his playing career. Shoulder and back issues have prevented Wright from suiting up in the majors since 2016, but the 35-year-old seemed to be gearing up for a return to the big club during the season's final month after appearing in 13 minor-league rehab contests in August. Wright reported back to the Mets at the beginning of September and has been participating in simulated games, but the team has yet to reveal if it intends to activate the third baseman from the 60-day disabled list. The press conference should offer more insight into the matter, but even if Wright is added to the active roster, he'll likely only handle a part-time role over the next few weeks.
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) will meet up with the Mets in San Francisco this weekend in order to continue his recovery with team trainers.
According to assistant general manager John Ricco, Wright isn't all that close to being activated from the disabled list, but this is clearly another step in the right direction for the 35-year-old infielder. Ricco added earlier in the week that "it's unrealistic to think he'd be activated any time soon," and ruled out a return during the team's current road trip, which runs through Sept. 5, according to Tim Healey of Newsday. Either way, don't expect him to hold much value for the rest of the 2018 campaign.
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.
Wright (shoulder) moved his rehab to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Wright continues to work his way back from a 27-month absence with the goal of returning to the Mets' expanded September roster. He went just 6-for-32 in 10 rehab games for High-A St. Lucie -- his activation will amount to a sentimental move. There's little reason to believe Wright will be a valuable fantasy asset down the stretch even if given semi-regular playing time.
Wright's (shoulder, back) rehab assignment will end Aug. 31, forcing the Mets to make a decision on his future Sept. 1, Newsday reports.
Wright has spent a whopping 27 months on the disabled list and understandably will need some time to get fully back in playing shape. He's gone just 2-for-19 on his rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie so far. Rehab assignments have strict time limits, however, and Wright's will expire at the end of the month. The Mets timed it that way so that they could bring him up in September when rosters expand, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be realistically able to contribute by that date.
Wright (shoulder, back) started at third base Monday in his rehab game for High-A St. Lucie. He played five innings in the field and went 0-for-1 with a walk.
Wright was making his second rehab appearance after starting the assignment a day earlier in what marked his first competitive action in just under a year. The 35-year-old has yet to record a hit through four at-bats in the Florida State League, but more importantly, he hasn't reported any setbacks in his recovery from September right shoulder surgery or October back surgery. Wright's lack of action over the last four seasons likely means that he'll need the full 20-day rehab window to pick up at-bats in the minors before the Mets would entertain activating him from the 60-day disabled list when rosters expand in September.
Wright (shoulder) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment at High-A St. Lucie on Sunday.
It will be Wright's first game action of 2018 and he has played only 75 games since the start of 2015. The veteran third baseman will play five innings Sunday for the start of what is likely a lengthy rehab assignment. Somewhat unexpectedly, Wright could return to the Mets later this month if he avoids further complications.
Wright (shoulder) completed three rounds of batting practice Saturday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Wright resumed hitting a few weeks earlier and has thus far reported no setbacks with the shoulder or back issues that have prevented him from playing in the majors since 2016. He still has several hurdles to clear in the rehab process and isn't expected to be activated from the 60-day disabled list until well after the All-Star break if the Mets choose to bring him back onto the active roster.
Wright (shoulder) is taking swings in the batting cage and continues to throw, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Wright began baseball activities at the start of June and is slowing increasing his participation with the bat and on the field, but still has a long way to go in his rehab. The veteran third baseman should continue to ramp things up until he reaches game speed, which will provide a much better idea about his potential 2018 return.
Wright (shoulder) hit off a tee Sunday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Wright is slowly beginning to ramp up his baseball activities, as he was able to take swings for the first times off a tee Sunday: He took 20 swings, per Healey. Wright has also participated in taking grounders and making low-intensity throws across the infield over the past few days. Although there's still no exact timetable for a return, it's positive news that Wright feels healthy enough to add more drills to his repertoire.
Wright (shoulder) played catch from 90 feet and took grounders at third base Wednesday, David Lennon of Newsday Sports reports.
Lennon said that Wright wasn't doing anything too intensive, and refrained from making any throws across the infield outside of one toss to first base. The 35-year-old resumed baseball activities this past weekend when he took grounders for the first time prior to the Mets' game Sunday, but the team has yet to pinpoint any sort of return date. Expect to see Wright continue fielding groundballs and extending his throwing distance over the next couple weeks.
Wright (shoulder) was able to field grounders Sunday, but didn't do any throwing, Howie Kussoy of the New York Post reports.
Wright resumed baseball activities by playing light catch Thursday and will gradually build up the intensity of his rehab program in the weeks to follow. The Mets are still viewing Wright as out indefinitely, but if the veteran third baseman endures no setbacks with his back or shoulder while ramping up again, a target date for his return from the 60-day disabled list should come into focus once he's ready to begin a rehab assignment. With Wright more than two years removed from his last MLB action, the Mets likely won't be counting on the 35-year-old to offer any noteworthy on-field contribution in 2018.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2011||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||6||21||9||10||3||0||0||2||6||3||1||0||.476||.593||.619|
|2015||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||8||28||5||9||0||0||0||1||5||6||0||0||.321||.424||.321|
|2017||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||3||10||0||1||0||0||0||0||--||5||0||0||.100||.100||.100|