Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.
The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season.
Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.
Cespedes "checked out well" during physical therapy on Monday and was set to ramp up his rehab, but is not yet cleared for baseball activity.
He played two rehab games with Binghamton last week before suffering a setback.
The 32-year-old Cespedes has been out since May 14, when he suffered a mild strain of his right hip flexor -- an issue that GM Sandy Alderson recently suggested was chronic.
Cespedes is hitting .255/.316/.474 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 37 games this season.