Yoenis Cespedes will DH in a rehab game in St. Lucie on Monday and the Mets hope to have him activated on Thursday, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday.
Previous Reports and Reaction
Sandy Alderson said on Aug. 9 that he is hopeful Yoenis Cespedes will be ready to return from the disabled list when eligible on August 19, though he would not commit to an exact return date. Cespedes took batting practice in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday, Alderson told reporters.
Alderson told reporters on August 4 that, in retrospect, the Mets probably should have put Cespedes on the disabled earlier than they did.
That said, while doctors say golfing did not impact the injury, Alderson asked Cespedes's representatives to encourage him to back off golfing, 'because it's bad optics.'
"Don't go there," Collins said to reporters, when asked about whether golf impacted the injury. "That has nothing to do with it. ... I don't care about perception. I care about reality. ... I didn't even know he played golf until you guys told me. I had lunch with him, he felt great. ... It didn't hurt early in game. It hurt in ninth inning. I can't worry about 12 pm yesterday, it's about 10 o'clock last night that matters."
According to Collins, the Mets never considered putting Cespedes on the disabled list last month when he first injured himself, "Because he wasn't hurt that bad," and, "He didn't complain about it."
Cespedes was officially put on the 15-day disabled list on August 3 due to his lingering quad injury. He was replaced on the roster by Brandon Nimmo, who was demoted only a day before.
"All you can do is communicate and communicate, see what doctors and trainers think and make a proper decision," Collins explained. "Ces is the only one who knows how he feels. ... He wasn't that bad. He could run and play just fine in the outfield. He hit the ball and ran bases. ... Then last night, he came out. ... I sat down with him in the office after game and told him he was going on the DL."
Cespedes, who hadn't started the previous two games before August 3 due to the quad injury, served as the DH last Wednesday night and was expected to DH the next four games. However, during his last at-bat, he grimaced on his second swing, which he later said reaggravated the quad injury.
He's hitting .292 with a .364 OBP and .551 SLG with 22 HR and 59 RBI this season.
Collins said he would not have a time frame for Cespedes's return until the player returned to baseball activity in St. Lucie, where he will rest for the next few days.