Mets' David Wright not done for 2017, will play in minors Tuesday

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David Wright hasn't given up on the 2017 season just yet.

Nearly 15 months removed from his last appearance in a major league game, the Mets icon will serve as the designated hitter for Single-A Port St. Lucie on Tuesday, the team announced.

General manager Sandy Alderson had said last week that he didn't want to rule out a return for Wright this season, though the timing obviously isn't ideal with just six weeks remaining.

Serious neck and back issues have kept Wright sidelined from the Mets since May 27, 2016, and a shoulder impingement derailed an attempted comeback this spring. The seven-time All-Star has played in only 75 games since the start of the 2015 season.

If Wright can work himself back into game shape, the Mets would have little to lose in giving him a look before the end of the season. They are well out of the playoff chase, and expanded rosters in September mean the 34-year-old wouldn't be taking anyone else's spot.

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