Yoenis Cespedes (hip) and Todd Frazier (hamstring) are both eligible to return from their respective 10-day DL stints, and made a bit more progress prior to Thursday's game against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Frazier, who took batting practice Monday for the first time since his injury and was hitting outside again on Wednesday, was running on the field on Thursday -- which manager Mickey Callaway said would be the final step before beginning a rehab assignment.
Cespedes, who will also likely need a rehab assignment before returning, took batting practice on the field Thursday for the frst time since being placed on the DL.
Shortly after Cespedes landed on the DL, the Mets lost Juan Lagares for the season due to a toe injury. With their outfield depth thin, they signed Jose Bautista prior to Tuesday night's game.
Cespedes is hitting .255/.316/.474 with eight HR in 37 games this season. He has been out since May 14.
Frazier, who has been out since May 8, had been playing through the hamstring issue for roughly three weeks before landing on the DL. He was hitting .313 on April 16, and saw his average dip to .237 in the three weeks since. He was hitting .167/.192/.292 in six games in May.
In Frazier's absence, the Mets have been using a combination of Wilmer Flores, Luis Guillorme, and Jose Reyes at third base.