Mets 3B David Wright will be the first pinch-hitter off the bench Friday night at Citi Field against the Marlins, manager Mickey Callaway said.
Wright, who will start at third base on Saturday in front of a sold out ballpark, will have a couple of at-bats during that game, return to his position at third base after his final at-bat, and then be removed, according to Callaway.
Wright will bat third on Saturday, in what will be his only start. He will not play Sunday.
After Saturday's game, Wright will be honored with a video tribute.
"To say it's a good feeling is an understatement," Wright said Tuesday at Citi Field about being active for the Mets for the first time since May of 2016. "It's been a long time coming."
Wright, who hasn't been able to play since then due to chronic spinal stenosis and other injuries, joked that "probably contact is more of a goal right now as opposed to performance," but said numerous times that he wants to simply have fun and soak it all in.
"I'm really looking forward to it," he said about Saturday's start. "As far as what goes on Saturday, I'm gonna try to allow myself to kind of get in the moment. ... I'll take it all in while I'm out there as much as I can, and really try to savor these emotions and savor these feelings."
Probably everything will kind of hit me Saturday. ... get a chance to look around and really soak it all in."
Wright was asked how he would feel during his at-bats on Saturday and whether he was at peace with how his rehab process has played out.
"You think you could play forever," Wright said. "With me, unfortunately, my body is just not allowing that to happen. ... I spent so long with the rehab process and things just aren't getting any better. At peace with the work I put in, knowing there is nothing more that I could do. But I'm certainly not at peace with my body not cooperating."
In 13 seasons with the Mets, Wright -- a seven-time All-Star -- has hit .296/.376/.491 with 242 homers, 390 doubles, 970 RBI, and 949 runs scored.
Among the all-time Mets records Wright holds are hits (1,777), doubles, total bases (2,665), RBI, and runs scored. He is second all-time in homers, behind Darryl Strawberry (252).
Wright is under contract through the 2020 season -- set to earn $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020, during what is the final year of the eight-year, $138 million deal he signed prior to the 2013 season.