David Wright has taken another step closer to making it back to Major League Baseball.
The New York Mets captain has been promoted to triple-A Las Vegas as a part of the team’s seven-game season-ending homestand, which begins on Tuesday night, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.
It could mean that Wright’s long, arduous journey to the big leagues could be completed in the next week or so.
The 35-year-old has not appeared in the majors since early 2016 as various back, shoulder and neck injuries have stolen much of his past three years as he’s appeared in just 75 games since the Mets’ 2015 pennant-winning season.
Those dabilitating injuries looked as though they would end Wright’s career given their severity, but the hobbled face of the franchise has continued working his way back to playing shape.
It would have been an unceremonius end to a player that would undoubtedly be featured on the Mets’ Mt. Rushmore. In 13 seasons, the seven-time All-Star is the franchise leader in hits, doubles, RBI and runs scored.
His ascension to triple-A has been a quick one, though. Just two weeks ago, he began his rehab stint in single-A with the St. Lucie Mets.
It is believed that the organization’s plan is to get Wright back to the big leagues in September, the final month of a disappointing season. Whether it is simply a send-off for one of the greatest players in franchise history or a chance to prove that he can still be the team’s starting third baseman, the face of the franchise is going to get plenty of fans out to the ballpark to see him take the field once again.