NEW YORK (AP) Back with the New York Mets after two months on the list of handicapped people caused by a strained right hip flexor, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes could be moved to first base later this season.
"I do not know I can say exactly when," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told the Yankees before the series's opening race. "I think he needs more repetitions, training, feels better in the bag and stuff like that."
Cespedes has appeared in only 118 of the Mets' 256 games since he signed a 110-million-dollar four-year deal for abdominal discomfort. The 32-year-old was the designated hitter and Schlagzweiter in the series opener. He will probably DH on Saturday and could return to the outfield on Sunday.
"One of the thoughts about first base is that he will keep the whole game hot because he's always moving," Callaway said. "There is not this component if you stand in the left field for five or six minutes and suddenly sprint and dive 30 meters and make a catch, so we're really trying to figure that out to make sure that's the best place for him is. "
Cespedes beats with eight Homeers and 28 RBIs .255, and his absence contributed to the demise of the Mets. New York went without him 20-36 and dropped to last place in the NL East. Despite an 11-1 start, the Mets started the second half with the fewest wins in the National League.
Cespedes had a two-game minor league rehabilitation task this week with the Gulf Coast Mets and went 2 for 8 with a three
"There might be times when Ces moves forward, where Ces scratches a later is because the personal care professional and I do not think he has a good place to get away with it, "Callaway said. "If he looks tired or slides down a bit, there may be a time when he is a later scratch, and we'll find it would be more dangerous to send him there that day."
New York also remembered right-handed Drew Smith of Triple-A Las Vegas and Optioned Infielder Dominic Smith and right-handed Corey Oswalt to the Pacific Coast League Farm Team.
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