Mets: David Wright takes next step toward possible September return

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: David Wright
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: David Wright /

It was announced Thursday that David Wright will join the New York Mets in San Francisco to continue his rehab as a September appearance possibly looms

All the perseverance shown by David Wright may finally come to a September payoff. It was announced Thursday that Wright will join the New York Mets in San Francisco to continue his rehab while eyeing a possible return during the final month of the season.

It’s a moment Mets fans have been clamoring for and with great reason. Outside of watching Jacob deGrom’s brilliance every fifth day, there hasn’t been much to write home about. The Mets are 15 games under .500 and have the fourth-worst record in the National League.

All that could be forgotten for a moment if or when the captain returns to the field. And regardless of what his stat line would be, just the fact that Wright would be inserted into a big league lineup again is a testament to his perseverance and never quit attitude.

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A man who was heading for a potential Hall of Fame career has seen it derailed by injuries in the last few years. He’s only played 75 games since 2015 and hasn’t suited up in a Mets game since May 27, 2016. It could have been easy to give up, but Wright has been hell bent on coming back. And it’s starting to feel more real by the day.

Of course, money may foolishly get in the way. The Mets are currently collecting insurance on Wright’s contract, but if he comes back they’ll have to pay the entirety of the $3.2 million they owe this season. If he doesn’t play, the team can recoup 75% of that figure.

In the end, should the monetary difference stand in the way of Wright’s determination to get back to the diamond even if for a short time?

After all, this is a team in contention for nothing and littered with contracts that haven’t equaled to performance. If nothing else, it’s a slam dunk move from a public relations standpoint for a team that has fumbled around in that department.

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Wright has been a selfless member of this organization since he was drafted in 2001. And we’ve all seen the production when he was in his prime. If nothing else, he should be allowed to return when he’s ready, no matter how many hitless games he has.