Yoenis Cespedes had a solid year after joining the New York Mets. His stint with the team earned him the NL Player of the Week Award last September 7, and his performance continued to help the squad get into the playoffs.
Arguably one of the best all-around players from Cuba, he re-signed a deal with the Mets for a three-year contract worth $75 million, but has been playing off and on due to a leg injury. It would have been a great season for him since he got named to the National League roster for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star game, but eventually missed playing there as well.
His injuries are affecting his game and the team’s standing. The New York Mets has been struggling on their offensive game.
“He’s the big piece. He’s a huge piece. You’re looking at what he’s done and you take those home runs and those RBIs out of the middle of our lineup and it’s tough to replace him,” said team manager Terry Collins via Bleacher Report.
However, Yoenis Cespedes seems to have aggravated his leg injury after the Cardinals game when he told Collins that he was in pain and felt his legs were sore. It’s an injury he has been battling since July 8.
He has been moved from center field to left since in an effort to minimize the strain and keep him from running.
“We’ve got some games coming up [next week] where we’ve got the DH we can get him off his feet in the outfield during those games,” Collins said.
What makes it worse for the Mets is that Jose Reyes too will be missing multiple games after suffering a Grade 1 left intercostal strain.
The Mets is currently 28th in the league in runs scored, and needs to pick up on their offense. Yoenis Cespedes’ quadriceps injury only adds to their problems, and they can’t afford a long absence.
Alejandro De Aza played left field as a replacement for Yoenis Cespedes against the Rockies. The spot would’ve been for Michael Conforto, but he’s struggled against lefties like Tyler Andersen.
Collins told ESPN, “There certainly can be an argument on the other side that this guy [Conforto] is the future here. ‘He’s the prospect. You’ve got to get him in there against some left-handed pitching or else he’s not going to hit left-handed pitching.’ I certainly understand that.”
He added, “But right now, as I’ve said before, I think we’ve got to give ourselves the best opportunity to try to win this game today. And he’s just struggled against lefties, so we thought we’d go with the other guy.”
There’s no definite date given for Yoenis Cespedes’ return.
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