While most (myself included, hence the delay in this article, sorry!) were enjoying their Memorial Day weekends, there was some not so promising news with the Mets star player. Yoenis Cespedes had a setback.
Not the news anyone wanted to hear, we know. Cespedes suffered a setback over the weekend due to feeling soreness in his right quad. This happened on Friday night while running the bases in a rehab game with the St. Lucie Mets. He’s shut down until at least Tuesday. Ugh.
But, on Monday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson stated that he hopes Cespedes could be off the disabled list in approximately 7-10 days. According to Alderson, this timeframe is “conjecture at this point.” Basically, we have to take this with a grain of salt, and hope for the best.
No, a setback isn’t good. But, this soreness could be that Cespedes only began a running program last Monday, and still needs to be conditioned. He will unfortunately need to ease his way back to playing, which the team has already acknowledged. Alderson has stated that they will be “conservative” with him when he does make it back to Queens.
It’s been quite a long (and interesting) month so far without Cespedes. His bat has most definitely been missed in the lineup. But, the Mets (and Cespedes) need to not rush his return. He needs to be fully healthy and ready before coming back, because if he’s not, he’ll just make it back on the disabled list once again, especially with his history of quad injuries.
Do I hope we do actually see Cespedes back in 7-10 days time as Alderson believes? I do. But, more importantly, I hope that he’s fully ready upon his return, and we don’t see him again in batting practice bending over in agony, but somehow still in the lineup.