Cespedes (hamstring) likely hasn't progressed through his running program far enough to return to the lineup Tuesday, Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News reports. The Mets were hoping to get the slugger back Tuesday, but it looks like Cespedes is still at least a couple more days away from returning to action. The 31-year-old sports a .270/.373/.619 slash line on the year, but he's been out since April 27. It's expected that Cespedes will take over for Curtis Granderson in center field when he does rejoin the lineup.
Cespedes (hamstring) has begun limited baseball activities, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. The Cuban slugger has been out since late April after re-injuring his hamstring running out a double, but it seems like he's making progress in his recovery from that incident. It's unclear when the Mets plan to get him back into game action, but the timing of that step should become clear in the next week or so as Cespedes progresses further.
Cespedes is expected to start baseball activities within the next few days, and manager Terry Collins set his timeline for return at roughly two weeks, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Cespedes's hamstring did well in tests, so he'll start working his way up to a rehab assignment. The Mets have three off days over the next two weeks, so he could potentially miss as few as 11 more games if he manages to make his return by May 23 against the Padres as Collins is expecting.
Cespedes (hamstring) could miss a longer period of time than initially hinted, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. It's a bit of guesswork on Heyman's part, but he is often tuned in to such things, especially in his native New York market. Though he's rehabbing at the Mets' Port St. Lucie camp, Cespedes told him "this one hurts" around when the injury first occurred. Per Heyman, it was a bit of a departure from how Cespedes typically responds to questions about physical issues. Cespedes' fantasy owners may be without the stud slugger for at least another few weeks, but more information should be relayed in the near future. Of course, given the negativity surrounding this team's medical staff recently, it may be a convoluted process.
Cespedes' hamstring strain is not considered serious and the Mets are hopeful that he will be able to return when first eligible on May 8, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. General manager Sandy Alderson did not provide the grade of Cespedes' hamstring strain, but he said the ultrasound did not reveal any significant damage. While it is encouraging to hear that Cespedes may only miss 10 days, each ensuing hamstring injury further solidifies the fact that this is something that may plague him at times throughout the rest of his career. Michael Conforto figures to start almost every day in left field while Cespedes is out.
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