Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes told NY Post reporter Kevin Kernan that he was in a lot of pain last season while playing through the leg injury that eventually sent him to the disabled list.
However, he's 100 percent healthy, happy, and ready for 2017.
"I am the only one who knew how much pain I was in,'' Cespedes admitted to Kernan. "I was trying to mask it, trying to play through it and do as much as I could to help the team. After the games, I was icing to try to be on the field as much as I could.''
In addition to playing less golf this winter, Cespedes has already been doing personalized workouts with the team's senior advisor of strength and conditioning, Mike Barwis, in Port St. Lucie.
"He wants to prove to everyone that the Mets made the right commitment to him," Barwis told Kernan. "You're talking about a man who has the potential that few people who walk this earth can ever smell. He is inspired to achieve greatness, while inspiring others, a guy like that, there is no stopping him. His workout is phenomenal. He is in here five days a week day pushing hard.''
The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal earlier this offseason.
"I'm much more comfortable now with having a multi-year contract," he told Kernan. "When you play year-to-year, sometimes you are concerned about getting hurt, but now all that's in the past.''