- Steven Matz has received “good news” meeting with doctors today about his left elbow/forearm in New York. While the Mets won’t officially announce Matz’s diagnosis until tomorrow, it is certainly welcoming news to everyone as Matz has no ligament issues with the left arm. It’s still unlikely that Matz will make his next scheduled start against the Nationals on Thursday night, as I believe the Mets will not push him until he is ready. Matz could possibly have his start pushed back to this weekend and face the Milwaukee Brewers at home. We will know more tomorrow when the team makes his condition public.
- It is being reported by ESPN’S Adam Rubin that the Mets are likely to call up infielder Mark Reynolds from AAA Las Vegas, for tomorrow night’s ball game against the Washington Nationals. It is unknown who is likely to be sent down, but if Steven Matz is able to make a start this week, in all likelihood Sean Gilmartin would be sent back down. Reynolds has spent time at second base, shortstop, and third base at AAA Las Vegas and was hitting .238 with two homers and 10 RBIs.
- Yoenis Cespedes revealed in an interesting story on ESPN.com, that he wasn’t as close to signing with the Washington Nationals this past offseason as many made it seem.“I was never close to signing with the Nationals,” Cespedes stated to ESPN.com. “From the start I was pushing my agent because I wanted to come back to the Mets.”It’s another storyline to add on the eve of the first meeting between the division rivals who are scheduled to meet tomorrow night. Cespedes ultimately signed a three-year $75 million contract with the Mets despite rumblings that the Nationals were interested in his services. Cespedes does have a opt-out clause after this season however which is something we can discuss later in November.
Yoenis Cespedes was examined today by Mets team doctors, and had fluid drained from his right leg after reaggravating his leg injury on Friday night. Cespedes reinjured his right leg sliding into second base on a double. Cespedes originally injured his right leg on a dive into the stands, chasing a foul ball earlier this month. He was not in tonight’s lineup and has now missed three games in a row with the possibility of missing at least five in a row.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson spoke on the situation prior to tonight’s contest and stated that he does not believe he will require a DL stint, however it is “possible” that Cespedes will sit the entire series against the Reds.
“At the moment we’re looking at it on a day-by-day basis,” Alderson told reporters prior to the game. “Fortunately we have the depth that we anticipated we would need, and so we’ve been able to survive his absence over the last several days. And I’m sure we’ll do our best to survive over the next two or three. But, right now, I don’t see it being a DL. That could change, obviously, with a different medical opinion as time goes on. But I don’t see that.”
I believe the Mets will err on the side of caution with Cespedes as they have plenty of outfield depth, and there is no reason to rush him back at less than 100% this early in the season. The Mets are beginning a stretch starting tonight, of twenty games in twenty-one days, which includes a long West Coast swing starting next Thursday. With only one off day in the next twenty-one days, the Mets can’t afford to lose Cespedes for a significant period of time. With the offense currently trending up, there should be no harm letting him sit out one series against the struggling Reds.
Yoenis Cespedes was held out of today’s Mets lineup by Manager Terry Collins after he reaggravated his right leg bruise sliding into second base on a double last night in the top of the seventh inning. Cespedes originally stayed in the game, but was replaced by Juan Lagares in the bottom of the eight inning. Cespedes originally injured his right leg on a dive into the stands earlier this month while chasing a foul ball.
When speaking to the media before today’s game in Atlanta, Collins talked about Cespedes current condition. “The bruise is pretty big. He’s aggravated it, and he’s limping pretty bad. … He’s pretty swelled. He’s certainly not going to be available today.” Collins also stated that no X-ray’s or MRI’s are scheduled for Cespedes right leg.
It makes perfect sense to sit Cespedes out the next two days, until he has full mobility in his leg as he clearly has a limp with the injury. The Mets can get by with Juan Lagares in center field as he is a Gold Glover himself, and his bat seems to be coming back around this season. Look for Cespedes to be back in the Mets lineup Monday night when the Mets return to New York, health permitting of course.