Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes has been practicting at first base at the Mets' facility in St. Lucie as he continues to work his way back from a hip flexor/quad injury, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post
Cespedes has been taking ground balls at first base in addition to fly balls in the outfield, according to Sherman. Sources told Sherman that it was Cespedes' idea to try playing first base and that he believes playing at least some first base could alleviate strain on his legs
Assistant GM John Ricco said "there is a chance" Cespedes could play first base this season, even though he would prefer if he could have an entire spring training to prepare.
"We know he is open to the idea," Ricco said, according to the New York Post. "That is something we have to discuss long term if that works. He is taking grounders to see how it feels. That is the extent of it so far. We hope to have him in rehab games during the All-Star break. We still anticipate that he comes back as an outfielder. But we have had discussions, and he is open to first base."
Ricco indicated that the likelihood of Cespedes playing first base this season depends partly on whether or not the coaches feel he could play there.
Cespedes landed on the disabled list with a hip flexor injury before suffering a quad injury as he attempted a comeback in June.
Cespedes has hit .255/.316/.474 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 37 games this season for the Mets.