Mets 3B David Wright, who underwent rotator cuff surgery earlier this week, said he has not considered retirement and that he remains focused on returning to the Mets.
"I think I still have something to give," Wright said. "There's still kind of that passion and that fire in me."
Wright played three games for High-A St. Lucie in a rehab stint in August as he looked to return from a shoulder impingement that had kept him out since Spring Training. After experiencing more pain in his shoulder, Wright terminated the rehab.
"It got to the point where it was just unbearable," Wright said about the shoulder pain. "That was the biggest roadblock for me, and now I think that's solved"
"The back is what it is," Wright said about his chronic spinal stenosis condition. "I've kind of been accustomed to just dealing with that. ... but for right now, my shoulder was the biggest thing keeping me from playing baseball. I just couldn't do it."
Wright said he still considers himself a third baseman but that he'd do anything the team asks of him position-wise.
Regarding whether he's interested in managing, Wright's response was clear.
"No. I don't think so," Wright said. "I guess I would never say never, but right now, no."
The 34-year-old has been limited to 75 games over the past three seasons. He missed 124 games in 2015 due to lumbar spinal stenosis -- a condition in his lower back that he will forever need to monitor.
Wright played in just 37 games last season due to a herniated disc in his upper-spine, which led to corrective surgery and the pain in his shoulder that was addressed surgically.