Another season, another stint on the disabled list for Yoenis Cespedes.
Following Tuesday’s MRI exam, which revealed the outfielder had a mild strain of his right hip flexor, the Mets placed Cespedes on the DL, retroactive to May 14. Phillip Evans was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, and was scheduled to play left field Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Cespedes missed his first game of the season Tuesday, and the injury has shown no improvement since Sunday.
“The decision was pretty clear that we needed to get him on the DL, and get him back to where he needs to be,” manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday morning. “He was improving while he was playing, and that kind of stopped. So let’s take a different route and make sure we’re cautious with him and get him back to the Cespedes he can be sooner.”
Callaway said Cespedes was “fine” with the decision.
“We talked to him at length [Tuesday] about all the possibilities,” Callaway said. “He was on board with the people who know what they’re really talking about kind of decided on. We did get his feedback, and he also felt since he wasn’t continuing to improve in the last couple days, this makes a lot of sense.”
Cespedes declined comment when approached by reporters, saying, “sorry guys,” and walked away.
Cespedes, 32, has battled lower-body injuries throughout his tenure with the Mets. In 2016, he dealt with a quad injury, and last season he was limited to 81 games with hamstring injuries.
Callaway said he was unsure if Cespedes would return when eligible.
“It’s like any injury. Nobody can predict that,” Callaway said. “The information I have is that we can get this resolved with some rest. He could’ve continued to gut it out, and continued to play. We were hoping with the off-days, and things like that, the progression of it would be where at some point maybe this would go away while he was playing.
“I think it became evident after that one off day where he was kind of feeling the same, not a lot of improvement, and then the MRI….that kind of made the decision for us.”
This season, Cespedes leads the Mets with eight home runs and 28 RBIs, and is batting .255.