Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who went hitless in his second rehab game on Tuesday, hopes to rejoin the Mets this weekend in San Francisco.
Latest Update (Aug. 16):
8:05 pm: Cespedes went 0-for-3 while playing seven innings in left field in his second rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday.
"I feel perfect. I'm going to play nine innings in left field tomorrow for St. Lucie and then hopefully join the team in San Francisco," Cespedes said through an interpreter after the game, speaking about this weekend's series against the Giants.
Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters Monday that Cespedes will only play left field when he returns to the Mets.
Sandy Alderson said Aug. 9 that he is hopeful Cespedes will be ready to return from the disabled list when eligible on Aug. 19, though he would not commit to an exact return date.
Cespedes was put on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 3 due to a lingering quad injury.
According to Terry Collins, the Mets never considered putting Cespedes on the disabled list in July, when he first injured himself, "Because he wasn't hurt that bad," and, "he didn't complain about it."
That said, Alderson later admitted that, in retrospect, the Mets probably should have put Cespedes on the disabled earlier than they did.
Cespedes had been hitting .292 with a .364 OBP, .551 SLG, 22 HR and 59 RBI.