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. During a press conference on Thursday, Wright announced that it will likely be the last series of his career. He will start that final Saturday (September 29) at third base against the Marlins. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me". He is under contract through the 2020 season, with $27 million remaining on his deal. "For me to play back-to-back games, it was just survival mode", Wright explained.
The 35-year-old is scheduled to play on the second to last day of the regular season against Miami. "So yeah, I don't see [playing beyond September] as a possibility". "Whether it's my back, my neck, my shoulder, some days that pain in any one of those three areas, or all three of the areas, can be moderate and manageable". In 12 games between the affiliates, two coming at Las Vegas, Wright hit.171 (7-for-41) with two RBIs.
Wright strongly implied during the press conference that this will be it too, and that he will retire at the end of the season, saying that playing baseball is "debilitating" to his health and that "there's not going to be an improvement" in the problems that have cost him so much time.
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.