Mets captain David Wright will make his first appearance since 2016 when he pinch hits in Friday night’s game against the Marlins at Citi Field, manager Mickey Callaway announced.
Callaway said Wright will be the Mets’ first pinch hitter of the night, probably for starting pitcher Corey Oswalt. That will give Wright time to get ready, which he needs because of the back, neck and shoulder issues that are ending his career after this weekend.
Callaway also laid out the plan for Wright’s return/farewell weekend. Wright will start at third base and in his familiar third spot in the order on Saturday night. After his second plate appearance, Wright will take the field and then will be taken out of the game so the sellout crowd can give him an ovation.
Callaway said Wright will not play at all in Sunday’s season finale.
The Mets are expected to have a ceremony honoring Wright after Saturday's game.
Wright, who last appeared in a major-league game on May 27, 2016, is ending his career after Saturday’s game because of his injuries.