Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes out for remainder of season with hamstring strain
Yoenis Cespedes‘ second hamstring strain will officially end his season
The Mets announced on Monday evening that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will miss the remainder of the year as he recovers from a right hamstring strain suffered on August 25.
With less than five weeks left in a lost season, it makes sense that the Mets would just prefer shutting Cespedes down, and not try to rush him back from an issue that’s impacted both of his legs at different parts of the season.
This Yo’s second stint on the disabled list with a pulled hammy. The first time, it was his left hamstring that was injured when he was legging out a double in an April 27 game. Cespedes would end up missing a total of six weeks and 40 games that instance.
According to Cespedes, the injury took longer to recover because a trainer pinched a nerve in his leg accidentally when he was receiving a massage. The hope was that this second time wouldn’t take as long for him to recover and he could finish out the season on a positive note. Unfortunately, that won’t be the case, and the Yo’s book has been closed for the year.
This 2017 campaign will go down as easily the more disappointing ones of Cespedes’ career in terms of overall numbers. He played only 81 games, the lowest of his major league career, and while he hit a line of .292/.352/.540 over that half a season, he only hit 17 home runs and drove in 42 runners.
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When Yo was on the field, he was very good, so the focus this offseason should be on getting him to stay off the disabled list as much as possible.
We know Noah Syndergaard will be switching his offseason training program to reduce bulking and increase flexibility, so hopefully Cespedes does something similar ahead of 2018.