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David Wright now eligible to play for Mets

NEW YORK -- David Wright has been reinstated from the disabled list and added to the New York Mets' active roster for the first time since June 3, 2016.

After a long road back from a string of injuries, the 35-year-old team captain will be eligible off the bench Tuesday night against National League East champion Atlanta.

Assistant general manager John Ricco said it's unlikely Wright will play during the three-game series because the Braves are trying to earn home-field advantage in the division series, and the Mets don't want to compromise the integrity of the pennant race.

It's possible Wright could pinch-hit if the score is lopsided.

Wright is scheduled to start at third base in his farewell game Saturday night against last-place Miami. He hasn't played in the majors since May 27, 2016, due to neck, back and shoulder injuries that required surgery.

Unable to get healthy enough to resume his career in earnest, Wright said he expects this weekend to be his last big league appearance.

Also Tuesday, Ricco said he fully anticipates rookie skipper Mickey Callaway to come back next year despite New York's disappointing season.

Ricco might not be the one making that call, though. He has been running baseball operations along with special assistants J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya since GM Sandy Alderson stepped down in late June after his cancer returned. New York plans to hire a new general manager after the season, and the search is expected to include external candidates.

Ricco said chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and his father, owner Fred Wilpon, will lead the GM search and he'll do whatever they need him to do.

Asked on Tuesday if he considers himself a candidate for the job, Ricco said: "Right now, no."

Callaway is under contract through 2020. The former Cleveland Indians pitching coach was hired last October to replace Terry Collins after the Mets finished 70-92 in 2017.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.