The Mets have placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day DL with a right quadriceps injury. Cespedes appeared to re-aggravate the injury on the second swing of his last at-bat last night, and all talks of him playing as a designated hitter for the rest of the week went out the window. Cespedes has been dealing with this injury since the beginning of July, and there is no sense in playing him sporadically when rest is the best way to get him 100% healthy.
Recent pictures of Cespedes golfing with former Major Leaguer Kevin Millar surfaced prior to last night’s game and criticism has run rampant. I don’t believe golfing had any affect on the 30-year old outfielder’s quadricep flaring up last night, but it isn’t a good look in the eyes of the New York media and the fans. Since the quad injury had arisen he has sit for seven games and played sporadically for 14 games, while only hitting .227. It’s clear Cespedes needs rest to get back to the middle of the order monster we’ve known him to be. However staying off the golf course for the next 15 days would be the best public relations move for La Potencia.
Brandon Nimmo who is earning his share of frequent flyer miles between the number of trips he’s made between Las Vegas and New York was recalled in a corresponding move. Nimmo had reportedly only been in Las Vegas for an hour before being asked to fly back and his equipment won’t make it back in time for tonight’s game. The Mets have a left-handed heavy outfield now with the addition of the 23-year old outfielder, as all five outfielders on the active roster are left-handed.
Jay Bruce will now be looked upon to lead the offense while Cespedes is out. Bruce hasn’t gotten off to the start he would have liked to as he is 0-8 early in his Mets career, and he struck out looking in a critical bases loaded situation last night.