David Wright has made it back into a major league game, grounding out in his first plate appearance for the New York Mets in nearly 2½ years.

Sidelined by neck, back and shoulder injuries since May 27, 2016, Wright came up as a pinch-hitter Friday night against the Miami Marlins and immediately took a cut. Leading off the bottom of the fifth inning, he swung at the first pitch he saw, a 96 mph fastball from Jose Urena.

New York Mets pinch-hitter David Wright grounds out during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

With his wife and two young daughters in the stands, the 35-year-old Wright hit a bouncer to the left of third baseman Brian Anderson, who made a nifty pickup of a short hop and threw across the diamond to retire Wright. The Mets’ captain returned to the dugout with a big smile on his face, where he high-fived and hugged several teammates.

Fans take photos of New York Mets’ David Wright as he waits to pinch-hit during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Wright is scheduled to start Saturday night against the last-place Marlins in his farewell game before a sellout crowd at Citi Field. Unable to overcome all the injuries, he says he expects this weekend to mark his final appearance in the big leagues.

New York Mets’ David Wright (5) smiles as he talks with Jose Reyes during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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Source: The Associated Press

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