For as much as the Mets want third baseman David Wright to return from injuries that have kept him out since May 2016, they don't want him to come back on a ceremonial basis.
Instead, co-GM John Ricco said the organization wants him to be a regular contributor.
"Our focus has been to get David back as a full-time player," Ricco said prior to Friday's game against the Phillies.
Though SNY's Andy Martino suggested Wright could return by the end of the season (but not this homestand), Ricco said it would be up to Wright, the front office, trainers and coaches to determine when Wright can return from various neck, back and shoulder injuries.
Wright, who played in 12 minor-league games with High-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Las Vegas, is slated to play in a simulated game on Saturday now that he joined the big-league club.
"We're going to try to continue to create situations to continue his rehab process, but it does get a little more difficult without the minor league option," Ricco said.
Wright went 7-for-41 in 12 games during his rehab assignment, but now that the Mets' affiliates' seasons ended, won't be able to appear in a live game unless the team activates him from the DL. In his 12 rehab games, he played 83 innings at third base, recording one error.
Ricco suggested the organization wants Wright to be able to handle everything that comes with returning to the major-league level.
"I think it's a combination, mostly straight from the medical side, make sure he's comfortable being able to go through the grind of a major league game," he said. "And actually on the baseball side being up to the skill level that comes with being in the big leagues. I think it's a combination of the trainers, coaches and us talking to them on a daily basis."
Wright has been optimistic he would return to the majors this season, however Ricco said he hasn't yet had a conversation directly with Wright to ask him if he feels ready.
The 35-year-old Wright has been limited to just 75 games since 2015 due to injuries. In his 13-season career, Wright has a lifetime .296 batting average with 242 home runs and 970 RBIs.