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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...
The ride off into the sunset scenario
That Wright has even made it this far in his comeback attempt is stunning after seeing the shape he was in during Spring Training. Wright said earlier this year that he understood his situation, but that he wanted to give it all he had to try to return.
Well, Wright is giving it all he has. And the possibility of him playing one game, or even simply getting one at-bat to go out on his own terms, is getting more real by the day. If he can do it, it would make for an incredible moment at Citi Field.
The player/coach scenario
Wright is under contract through 2020. If he's deemed able to play and wants to continue to play, something that could make sense is him serving as a 25th-man/coach of sorts. Someone who can pinch-hit, fill in at third base and potentially first base from time-to-time, and serve as a stabilizing force in the dugout and clubhouse.
But with what Wright has gone through with spinal stenosis and other issues, it's hard to see the above happening. Wright's pregame preparation is intensive, and even when he was still playing regularly, his injuries had made it tough for him to get throws from third base to first base.
The part-time player scenario
This is the dream scenario. The one where the 35-year-old Wright is somehow able to become a legitimate big league contributor. But if the player/coach scenario is a longshot, this scenario would be like hitting the lottery.
In the potential likeliest happy-ending option, Wright jogs out to third base at Citi Field in the top of the first inning as fans roar. He then gets one last at-bat in the bottom of the first, going out on his own terms and leaving the fans with one more amazing memory after having given them so many during the seasons when his body allowed him to.