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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

David Wright will start for the Mets one final time on Sept. 29, but he could appear in games before then too.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Friday that he could look to give Wright pinch-hitting appearances at Citi Field between Sept. 25 and Sept. 28.

Callaway added he would give Wright ample notice before any potential pinch-hitting assignment.

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St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

It took me three versions to publish this post because I just can't find the right words to describe how I feel about David Wright's retirement. In the moments after his press conference Thursday, charged by SNY with writing an "emotional reaction," I just shook my head, teary eyed, staring blank at the screen.

We all knew today was inevitable, having watched him struggle and miss the last two seasons with a major spinal condition. However, through it all, as long as he was still on the roster, working in St. Lucie, there existed a small, though unrealistic, hope that he might one day return. 

It turns out that's exactly what it will be, just one day.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Click below to see how the New York papers reacted to the news that David Wright will play for the Mets on Sept. 29 -- likely for the last time ever...

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David Wright (5) \ Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
David Wright (5) \ Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mets captain David Wright will return to the field with the Mets on Sept. 29 for what will almost certainly be his final game.

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If you were five years old when David Wright debuted for the Mets, you're probably in college or working now. If you were in college on July 21, 2004, maybe you have kids and a mortgage. If you were 21 years old that day, as Wright was, you're nearly 36 now, with two daughters and a back, neck and shoulder that bark at you every morning.

Why was Wright crying at the podium on Thursday afternoon, while announcing plans to end his baseball career after one final appearance? Why were you probably a little weepy too, watching at home or following along online?

Standing in the back of the room as Wright spoke, feeling an unmistakable heaviness in the air, what struck me was the passage of time, the reminder of our own fragility, and unmistakable sense that no matter how much success we enjoy, or money we make, the only guarantee about anything is that it will eventually end...

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St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

The year I debuted MetsBlog.com was also David Wright's first year with the Mets. Earlier today, Wright announced that this will be his final season. Interestingly, I have a feeling this could be my last year writing MetsBlog.

As a result, I won't deny it, I cried when he started crying during his press conference today.

When I see Wright's No. 5, or see a highlight of him hitting, I'm not going to think of him as a player. He's been more than that the past 15 years, not just to me, but to his team, hundreds of teammates and thousands upon thousands of fans. He was an outstanding player, but he was a face for the franchise, he was a diplomat between fan and owner, he was charitable, he was a firewall between the media and his teammates. And, most importantly, he's been a friend and source of support to countless people in St. Lucie, Shea Stadium and Citi Field, 

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Wright has no regrets 00:00:39
New York Mets captain David Wright reflects on the road back to the team, as he fights back from injuries to try to play one more time.

Mets captain David Wright will be activated for the final homestand of the season, and will start at third base on Sept. 29. But he said Thursday he can't see any possibility his career continues beyond 2018.

With this almost certainly the end of the road for Wright, the baseball world reacted to the news...

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David Wright reveals future 00:05:24
New York Mets captain David Wright gets emotional about his past and his future, as the team says he will play one more time in 2018.

David Wright is returning to the Mets' active roster, though not in the way that he had hoped.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon opened Thursday's press conference at Citi Field by saying that although Wright's body has not responded the way it needed to, "out of respect for him personally, professionally, and for our fans, we want to give him this opportunity."

Wright, who Wilpon referred to as "one of the finest players and people to ever wear the uniform -- Mets uniform or any uniform," will be activated prior to the team's final homestand on Sept. 25, and will start at third base on Saturday, Sept. 29...

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

Mets captain David Wright, COO Jeff Wilpon, and assistant GM John Ricco will hold a press conference at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:45 p.m. to "discuss the plan and timeline concerning David Wright for the remainder of the season."

The press conference will air live on SNY. 

Wright played in a simulated game on Tuesday, saying after that his goal remained to return this season. 

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Mets will have an announcement regarding David Wright on Thursday, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who says details are still being hashed out. However, Martino adds those details have yet to be finalized internally. 

Wright played in a simulated game on Tuesday, saying after that his goal remained to return this season. 

"They certainly know where I stand," Wright said. "The goal coming into this week was two simulated games. ... We'll see where the conversation takes us and hopefully work something out." 

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Wright talks progress and future 00:00:49
Mets captain David Wright played another simulated game on Tuesday at Citi Field, and talked about the next steps in his comeback.

David Wright batted in a simulated game against Mets prospects Justin Dunn and David Peterson on Tuesday, saying after that his goal remains to return this season. 

"They certainly know where I stand," Wright said about the Mets. "The goal coming into this week was two simulated games. ... We'll see where the conversation takes us and hopefully work something out." 

Wright, who also played in a simulated game on Saturday, didn't play defense Tuesday because of muddy field conditions.

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Wright meets media 00:01:27
David Wright talks to the media after his simulated game at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon

Mets 3B David Wright said he "felt pretty good" after playing in a simulated game at Citi field on Saturday afternoon.

Wright played the field and saw live pitching for the first time since his rehab assignment. He hit a home run against Tim Peterson and also batted against Anthony Swarzak

"I came out on the other side of it OK," Wright said with a smile. "It's certainly good to see some pitching."

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Wright at Citi Field 00:00:49
David Wright continued his rehab stint with a simulated game at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon

Mets 3B David Wright played in a simulated game at Citi Field on Saturday as he continues to work his way back from missing more than two years of big league action. 

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New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

For as much as the Mets want third baseman David Wright to return from injuries that have kept him out since May 2016, they don't want him to come back on a ceremonial basis.

Instead, co-GM John Ricco said the organization wants him to be a regular contributor.

"Our focus has been to get David back as a full-time player," Ricco said prior to Friday's game against the Phillies.

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Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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The Mets have yet to firm up plans for David Wright's return to the major leagues, according to people with direct knowledge of the process. Those sources said that not only does Wright expect to participate in a simulated game on Saturday afternoon, but plans several sim games during the coming homestand.

Reading between the lines, this setup does not suggest that Wright is likely to play this week. Our original educated guess was that Wright could return during this homestand, but it's time to push that back.

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New York Mets' David Wright reacts before a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (AP)
New York Mets' David Wright reacts before a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (AP)

Mets 3B David Wright will play in a simulated game at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon, manager Mickey Callaway said on Wednesday.

Wright will have the day off on Thursday and, according to Callaway, will "get a good workout in" on Friday ahead of Saturday's simulated game, which is slated for 3 p.m.

Callaway said on Monday that the team would "try to get creative" upon the team's return to New York and to "do some things that are more game situation."

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David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets 3B David Wright will join the club in San Francisco as they start a series with the Giants. But he hasn't been cleared to play just yet. 

Why? Manager Mickey Callaway told reporters on Friday that there is a "different medical threshold required to play in MLB games versus minor league games," according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo

Wright completed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, and as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out, the Mets had to make a move on him as the 20 days for the assignment were up. MLB rules state that a team must reinstate that injured player, or he has to have a new injury after the time span is up. 

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Wright on making a comeback 00:06:02
David Wright talks with Andy Martino to discuss the progress he's made in rehab games and the possibility of playing with the Mets in 2018.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | LAS VEGAS - David Wright is set to join the Mets in San Francisco, ending his minor league rehab assignment but remaining on the disabled list. The educated guess here is that he will return to the Mets during a home game sometime after the team returns home on Sept. 7, and not on the upcoming road trip.

So why summon him now?

If Wright remained in Las Vegas until Friday, completing his minor league rehab assignment, the Mets would have been forced to make an immediate decision. MLB rules state that if a player is active for all 20 days of his rehab assignment, he is required to be reinstated, or have a new injury.

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New York Mets' David Wright reacts before a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (AP)
New York Mets' David Wright reacts before a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (AP)

David Wright will join the Mets in San Francisco to "continue his rehab under the watch of our training staff and will remain on the DL," the team announced Thursday.

Wright's rehab clock expires Friday, and assistant GM John Ricco said earlier this week that two immediate options for Wright were to join the team and remain on the DL or rehab in Port St. Lucie.

On Wednesday night, Wright played his second rehab game after advancing to Triple-A Las Vegas. Before the game, Wright sat down with SNY's Andy Martino to discuss his rehab and future...

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LAS VEGAS - In his second rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas, David Wright went hitless in five at-bats, striking out twice.

Wright handled two chances at third base, the first one a slow ground ball that he tossed to second for an inning-ending fielder's choice in the second. His second putout was a vintage Wright play, when he charged a third-inning grounder, barehanded it and flung it to first to beat the runner by a step.

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Wright on his rehab in Las Vegas 00:00:55
David Wright evaluates his progress in his latest rehab assignment and says he will make his way back to the Major Leagues this year.

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LAS VEGAS - Sitting in the dugout of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate two hours before Wednesday's game, I asked David Wright the question on everyone's mind: Bottom line, do you expect to play in the major leagues this year?

Wright did not hesitate to answer in the affirmative...

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B David Wright hit a one-out single in his first at-bat with Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

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New York Mets' David Wright reacts before a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (AP)
New York Mets' David Wright reacts before a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (AP)

Speaking before a rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas, Mets 3B David Wright said he does not believe it is "out of the realm of possibility" that he could play in the majors this season, reports Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Mets' captain will bat fourth and start at third base on Tuesday night. Wright said he is slated to play nine innings on Tuesday and will "regroup and figure something out tomorrow," but he is planning to play on Wednesday nonetheless. 

"The rehab has certainly been a grind for me and an uphill battle, but I spent the last two years getting to a point where I can play in games and hopefully get back up to the big leagues and wear that uniform and take the field at Citi Field," Wright said in the dugout before Tuesday's game. "You feel like you're close, and when you graduate from rehab to the Florida State League, and to Triple-A, you feel like you're close and you could possibly accomplish that goal."

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Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said team captain David Wright told him that his comeback attempt is a "day to day thing" as he works his way back from missing more than two years of major league action.

"David has been working his tail off every day and talking to him he's driven to try to come back," Callaway said. "He knows the reality of the situation is he gets pretty sore and he's battling through it the best he can."

Wright is now continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he is slated to start on Tuesday night, but it remains unclear if he will return to the majors this season. John Ricco noted that it is "unrealistic to think he would be activated any time soon."

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets captain David Wright is heading to Triple-A Las Vegas to continue his rehab, but John Ricco said Tuesday that the jump from High-A St. Lucie has as much to do with keeping Wright on his rehab schedule than his progress or performance.

Ricco added that Wright hasn't been able to "hit some of the benchmarks" the team set for his rehab, but qualified that the rehab that was set was an aggressive one.

Wright, who was off on Sunday and Monday, was 6-for-32 in 10 games for St. Lucie, with those six hits coming in his last 18 at-bats.

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David Wright singles and doubles 00:00:54
Mets captain David Wright went 2-for-4 with a single, a double and an RBI in a rehab game with St. Lucie on Saturday night.

Mets 3B David Wright went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and an RBI in a rehab game with St. Lucie on Saturday night. 

Wright singled in the first inning and doubled in the second inning. He reached on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning on a play that plated Brandon Nimmo.

Wright and Nimmo were both removed from the game in the top of the eighth inning. Wright's latest game came one day after he went 1-for-4 with a single on Friday during what was his first full game since beginning his rehab assignment.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B David Wright tallied two hits in the first three innings with Single-A St. Lucie on Saturday night in his latest rehab game.

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Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets 3B David Wright hit a single up the middle on Friday night in his latest rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After recording a 1-for-4 night on Tuesday, Mets 3B David Wright went 0-for-3 in his latest rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie on Wednesday night. 

Though he may have gone hitless, Wright collected a two-hit game on Sunday to go along with his hit on Tuesday. 

Although the Mets' captain continues to work his way towards a potential return, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether Wright will have enough time to get ready.

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Mets 3B David Wright played seven innings at third base and went 1-for-4 with an RBI single on Tuesday in his latest rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie.

Wright's RBI single came in his final at-bat of the game during the seventh inning. Wright's latest game follows his two-hit game on Sunday with St. Lucie. His first hit on Sunday marked his first hit since beginning his rehab assigment.

Although the Mets' captain continues to work his way towards a potential return, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether Wright will have enough time to get ready.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B David Wright is progressing but he may run out of time as he attempts to return to the majors this season.

With Wright on a rehab assignment that expires on Aug. 31 and the minor league seasons ending shortly after, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether Wright will have enough time to get ready.

Ricco said it remains a day-to-day situation, with the team seeing on a nearly everyday basis how Wright's body responds...

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B David Wright is progressing but he may run out of time as he attempts to return to the majors this season.

With Wright on a rehab assignment that expires on Aug. 31 and the minor league seasons ending shortly after, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether Wright will have enough time to get ready.

Ricco said it remains a day-to-day situation, with the team seeing on a nearly everyday basis how Wright's body responds...

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David Wright gets 2 hits 00:01:02
Mets captain David Wright got his first 2 hits of his rehab assignment, going 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored on Sunday.

It took him a few games, but Mets 3B David Wright finally got his first couple hits for the St. Lucie Mets since returning to live games on Sunday. 

Wright laced a couple singles on his way to a 2-for-3 day with a run scored as well. The first hit was a ball hit right back up the middle followed by a single to left. 

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Wright takes the field Thursday 00:00:35
David Wright played another rehab game for St Lucie on Thursday, getting some action in the field but remaining hitless at the plate.

David Wright is 0-for-14 in four rehab games after going 0-for-4 Saturday night for St. Lucie.

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David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)
David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)

Mets third baseman David Wright will play a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in what will be his fourth game in five days.

Wright drew a walk while playing seven innings on Wednesday night, but is still looking for his first hit since beginning his rehab assignment.

"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."

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Wright and Bruce rehab in FL 00:00:49
David Wright and Jay Bruce played in a rehab game for Class A-Advanced Port St. Lucie, as they both try to work their way back to the Mets.

Mets 3B David Wright played his third game in four days with the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday night. But after four plate appearances, Wright is still searching for his first hit. 

Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk, which makes him 0-for-7 in his three games. At third base, he managed to have two putouts in the game as well. 

Before his game Monday, Wright said that he wasn't worried about not getting a hit yet. He said the more live at-bats he has under his belt, he'll begin to see the ball better, resulting in more contact. 

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets captain David Wright is making serious progress as he tries to return to the majors for the first time since 2016.

Wright's comeback attempt has gone from pipe dream to realistic, with him suiting up Wednesday night for the third time in four games as he rehabs with St. Lucie. But the odds are still stacked against him.

If Wright does defy the odds and returns to the field with the Mets, what kind of future could be in store for him? Here are three scenarios...

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David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)
David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)

Mets third baseman David Wright will play a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. in what will be his third game in four days.

Before having a scheduled off-day on Tuesday, Wright struck out and walked in two plate appearances and played five innings at third base in his second rehab game on Monday.

"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."

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This past weekend, David Wright played in a minor-league rehab game, marking his first game action in more than a year. Meanwhile, Jose Reyes has remained on the Mets, despite the fact that he's hitting .193/.266/.304 while playing subar defense.

There have been countless times this season when fans had questioned why Reyes was not being released. Similarly, multiple reports have been written indicating Reyes was nearing the end of his time playing for the Mets. However, that day has yet to arrive, leaving fans, radio hosts and columnists to speculate Reyes is being protected because of his spot in team history. 

After Wright successfully made it through five innings with St. Lucie on Sunday, it occurred to me that maybe Reyes is still around because there's a chance the former dynamic duo can suit up at the same for the Mets one last time this season...

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David Wright plays again Monday 00:01:02
David Wright played a second straight rehab game on Monday, saw action in the field at third and ran the bases after reaching on a walk.

Mets third baseman David Wright struck out and walked in two plate appearances and played five innings at third base in his second rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Monday.

"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."

Wright, who last appeared in a major-league game in May 2016, went 0-for-3 and played five innings on Sunday in his first rehab game as he looks to return from various back, neck and shoulder injuries.

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David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After playing in his first live game since last August on Sunday, Mets 3B David Wright is back in the lineup for the St. Lucie Mets on Monday. 

Wright will play third and bat second, and hopefully collect his first hit. The 35-year-old went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a fly out yesterday, but noted that getting back on the diamond was "something to build on."

"It's good to get out there," Wright said after Sunday's contest. "Hopefully the results will come, but for now, getting three at-bats, going out there and playing in the field for five innings, seeing some pitches -- some really dominant pitching."

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Wright gets back on the field 00:00:52
David Wright played in his first rehab game since August 2017 and later talked about the progress he's made in his comeback attempt.

Mets captain David Wright said he felt butterflies on Sunday in his first taste of live baseball since last August, but by the end of his day he felt he had "something to build on."

"It's good to get out there," said Wright, who started at third base for Single-A St. Lucie and went 0-for-3 at the plate in his first rehab game. "Hopefully the results will come, but for now, getting three at-bats, going out there and playing in the field for five innings, seeing some pitches -- some really dominant pitching."

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Mets captain David Wright struck out in his second at-bat during a rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets captain David Wright started at third base and played five innings in the field for Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday in his first rehab game since last August.

Wright struck out in each of his first two at-bats before flying out to left field in his third and final at-bat in the top of the sixth inning. He was replaced after that at-bat, as he was only slated to play five innings.

The 35-year-old has been limited to just 75 games since the 2015 season amid neck, back, and shoulder injuries. His last major league game was on May 27, 2016 against the Dodgers at Citi Field.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B David Wright is starting at third base and hitting third for Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday in the first game of a rehab assignment.

Wright last played in an MLB game on May 27, 2016. The 35-year-old has played only 75 games since the 2015 season as he has been plagued by neck, back, and shoulder injuries.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

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David Wright and the Mets have adjusted their expectations over the past few years, knowing that the captain's injuries have made it unlikely that he will ever again be a major league regular. But a variety of endings are still possible for his outstanding career, and Wright has more than earned a happy finale. 

Here's hoping that Sunday's minor league rehab game, Wright's first since last summer, is the start of exactly that.

Every time Wright steps on a field, he is taking a calculated risk. On Monday, he could wake up to bad news emanating from his back or neck or shoulder. It isn't hard to imagine that he is close to a point where doctors tell him that is no longer wise to try. No one would be shocked if Sunday's game was his last as a professional baseball player.

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(Adam Hunger)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said 3B David Wright is "progressing nicely" as he works toward a potential return.

"He's doing good. He's plugging along," Callaway said on Saturday, according to Tim Healy of Newsday. "Obviously still has a long way to go. I think the real challenge is going to be at some point when he actually has to play in some games."

Wright has taken batting practice, played catch, and participated in fielding drills this summer. He played catch in May for the first time since 2017.

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1) Will Jake win dCy Young?

DeGrom has been the best pitcher in baseball up to this point in the season. He should have started for the NL All Star team, but the moment understandably went to Nationals ace Max Scherzer with the game being played in DC's Nationals Park.

That said, as is, deGrom beats Scherzer and Aaron Nola for hardware.

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It was five years ago tonight that Matt Harvey got the start for the National League as the All-Star Game was played at Citi Field.

The day before, then-prospect Noah Syndergaard represented the Mets and was the starting pitcher for Team USA during MLB's Futures Game. As expected, Syndergaard looked poised and aggressive on the mound, throwing one scoreless inning.

Brandon Nimmo, who started on the bench for Team USA, went hitless during two at-bats.

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here is a collection of relevant  trade rumors based on my recent conversations with rival team executives, MLB insiders, local reporters, and people connected to the Mets...

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets have moved past the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and are instead focusing on trading Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

However, in addition to Matz and Wheeler, teams looking for a mid-rotation starting pitcher are also looking at Tyson Ross (Padres), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Mike Minor (Rangers) and at least a handful of other more experienced and reliable arms...

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