The New York Mets had lost five consecutive games heading into Sunday’s date with the Colorado Rockies, and things could get worse for them before they get better.
Veteran outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left the game after just one inning, and the team said he was pulled due to tightness in his hip. Cespedes had made contact with a padded wall while reaching into the stands to catch a popup to end the top of the first, and it’s possible he suffered an injury on that play.
Cespedes is hitting just .246 this season, though he has seven home runs and 26 RBI in just 31 games. He recently spoke about an unusual way in which he was planning to try and break out of a hitting slump.
The Mets are 17-14 on the year. They close out their series against the Rockies on Sunday before beginning a three-game set against the Reds in Cincinnati.
There are home runs, and then there are home runs. Yoenis Cespedes showed us what the latter looks like.
Cespedes clobbered a 3-run home run to tie the New York Mets-St Louis Cardinals game on Tuesday at 4. He took starter Luke Weaver deep to Big Mac Land at Busch Stadium and just pulverized the ball.
For one night, 'Big Mac Land' becomes 'Big Yo Land'!
— #Statcast (@statcast) April 25, 2018
That ball was hit 115.1 mph and traveled 463 feet, according to Statcast, which measures advanced stats. The bomb by Cespedes was the hardest and farthest homer hit by a Met since Statcast began in 2015. Based on how much that ball was crushed, I sure wouldn’t dispute that claim.
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes isn’t getting it done at the plate, and he admitted he’s considering revisiting a slumpbuster that he had tried to swear off.
Cespedes said in the past during slumps he would golf to help him break out of it, but had said he wouldn’t play during the season this year. He’s reconsidering that stance after a bad start.
Cespedes. "1of the things I did before when I was in a slump was play golf to get out of my slump. This season I said I wouldn’t play golf. 1 of the things I’m doing & didn’t do before was watching the videos & now I’m watching the videos. Unfortunately things aren’t going well."
— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) April 21, 2018
In an attempt to break his slump, Cespedes is considering playing golf again.
— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) April 21, 2018
Cespedes has taken drastic action before, but you gotta respect this. He tried to keep his focus on baseball instead of his side hobbies, but he’s hitting .208 with 34 strikeouts in 19 games. If golf is going to help him, let the man golf.
The New York Mets are struggling, so Yoenis Cespedes is trying a bold new look to change their fortunes.
The Mets’ official Twitter shared a photo of the star outfielder, whose hair is now a distinctly Mets-like shade of blue.
Blue is the new blonde. pic.twitter.com/2nyR9SNzwA
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 19, 2017
Cespedes does enjoy making a statement. It would probably work better if he had longer hair, but you take what you can get.
This is, perhaps, an attempt to turn around the stumbling Mets. They are 41-50 and quickly fading from the playoff picture. In Cespedes’s mind, perhaps a new, Mets-based hair color will help jumpstart the team for a second half run.
Yoenis Cespedes appeared to be on the comeback trail for the New York Mets, appearing in his first rehab game on Friday night. However, after experiencing some soreness in his right quadriceps, the outfielder was scratched from his scheduled rehab start at Single-A St. Lucie on Saturday.
This latest injury for Cespedes, who is returning from a strained right hamstring, provided some additional frustration for manager Terry Collins, who has had to wade through snake bite after snake bite this season.
“Right now, if you put your sleeves on wrong, the wrong sleeve in first, the wrong arm in first, it backfires and you rip your shirt,” Collins told the New York Post. “No matter what we do, it’s not working.”
Considering Cespedes missed a good chunk of time during the second half of last season due to a similar right quadriceps issue, this certainly is more than enough reason to give the Mets pause.
“I will sit them all down as a group and explain what the process of what we are going to do and how we are going to go about it,” Collins told the New York Daily News. “Certainly when Ces gets back. I know him and he’ll want to play every game. We can’t afford to lose him for another month, so he’ll be getting some time off.”
Cespedes has been on the disabled list since April 28, but the Mets were cautiously optimistic he would be able to return for the next homestand.
Yoenis Cespedes’ return to the Mets could be accelerated if it’s determined he doesn’t need any rehab games.
Cespedes has been out with a hamstring injury and began a running program this week. Manager Terry Collins was optimistic about Cespedes’ return, saying the New York outfielder could return to the team next week.
In an article about the team published on Thursday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo said Cespedes may not need any rehab games.
Cespedes last played on April 27, which would make it almost a month if he returns next week. Sometimes when a player has been out that long, the team elects to give them a rehab assignment to regain timing at the plate.
Cespedes was hot prior to his injury, as he hit six home runs and four doubles in 18 games.
Yoenis Cespedes may not be away from the New York Mets for too much longer.
The Mets outfielder is set to begin a running program this week and could be ready to return from his hamstring injury in a week.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reported on Monday that Mets assistant GM John Ricco says the running program could take 5-6 days to complete. He also said that Cespedes might only need a brief rehab stint before returning to the team. Manager Terry Collins reportedly said Cespedes could be back in a week.
Cespedes has been out since being placed on the DL April 28. He was off to a strong start to the season, with four doubles and six home runs in 18 games, giving him an OPS just shy of 1.000.