The Mets have activated both outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera off the 15-day DL prior to tonight’s contest. In a corresponding move infielder T.J. Rivera and utility player Ty Kelly have been optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Cespedes who has been battling a quad injury since July, was finally placed on the disabled list on August 3rd after struggling at the plate as well as being in and out of the Mets lineup with soreness in his quad. Cespedes will provide a huge boost to the Mets lineup as he is their best offensive player. It will also be exciting to see both Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes patrol the outfield for the first time since Bruce’s acquisition at the Trade Deadline. Cespedes was hitting .289 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs in 94 games prior to going on the disabled list.
Cabrera is also making his return tonight after suffering a strained left patellar tendon back on July 31st rounding third base. The injury at the time looked like it had the potential to be season ending so it is nice to see Cabrera back with the big club. Cabrera will regain his shortstop duties with Jose Reyes moving back over to third base. The switch-hitting shortstop was hitting .255 with 13 home runs and 33 RBIs in 100 games prior to hitting the DL.
Both Rivera and Kelly will head back to Las Vegas as two of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League with well over .300 averages. In fact Rivera leads the PCL with a .349 average, with Kelly not too far behind with a .342 average. Both players served servicible roles for the Mets and we can expect them both back in September if not sooner if another injury decides to peak it’s head.