It’s been a while since Mets fans have seen Yoenis Cespedes on the field. Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 14, battling soreness in his right hip flexor and quadriceps. Fans finally have something to be excited about, as the all-star outfielder started a running program in Port St. Lucie earlier this week.
Cespedes has spent a lot of time dealing with hamstring and leg issues since signing with the Mets back in 2015, but has served a pivotal role offensively for The Amazins, including helping New York reach the World Series. After the 2016 season, he signed a four-year, $110 million deal, but missed half of the season in 2017, and has only played in 37 games in 2018.
The running program has been the most extensive training since a short rehab stint in Double-A Binghamton, which ended on June 9 after Cespedes felt more soreness in his leg. According to manager Mickey Callaway, Cespedes ran at about 75 percent.
“The goal was to get the soreness completely out before [Cespedes] started running," Callaway said Tuesday night. "He came in the other day, it was gone. So they got him on his feet and got him running.”
Before being placed on the DL, Cespedes was batting .255 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs. The absence of his strength at the plate has been detrimental for the Mets, who often have had trouble getting their bats going since Cespedes has been out. Cespedes is likely to return at the end of July if there are no setbacks with his injury and rehab program.