MILWAUKEE — Yoenis Cespedes is “progressing nicely,” but the Mets slugger is not nearing his return to the lineup. Out nearly two weeks with a strained left hamstring, Cespedes has started taking batting practice, but has not begin running.
The Mets ran tests on Cespedes’ lower back last week to try and find the reason for his nagging hamstring/leg issues and found no connection.
“We did bring him up to New York and had his lower back checked out to see if there are any issues there that are leading to his hamstring,” GM Sandy Alderson said. “That all checked out well so he’s making good progress. We expect him back soon, but I wouldn’t want to put a timeline on it. … But we don’t expect him to be out indefinitely.”
The Mets have some experience with hamstring issues turning into serious back conditions. David Wright was initially put on the disabled list in 2015 with a hamstring issue which turned out to be spinal stenosis. Since then, Wright, who is back on the disabled list with a herniated cervical disc, has played just 75 regular season games over three seasons.
The tests on Cespedes were more positive, but did not give the Mets any insight into how to help Cespedes prevent future issues.
First baseman Lucas Duda was activated from the disabled list and in the lineup. It was the first time he has played since April 19, when he suffered a hyperextended elbow in a collision at first base.
With T.J. Rivera, who had filled in at first, hitting .362 with 10 runs scored, seven doubles, a home run and seven RBI over the last 12 games, Collins decided to put Duda back at first, and move Rivera to third. That meant veteran Jose Reyes sat. Duda went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, Rivera went 1-for 3 with an RBI and Reyes grounded out as pinch-hitter on Friday … Righthander Seth Lugo (torn ulnar collateral ligament) and lefthander Steven Matz (elbow discomfort) are both scheduled to pitch in their first rehab games Saturday. They are scheduled to each pitch two innings in extended spring training. Alderson said they are still on track for returns around the end of this month or early June. … Travis d’Arnaud (bruised right wrist) is doing baseball activities “as tolerated,” Alderson said.
Righthander Seth Lugo (torn ulnar collateral ligament) and lefthander Steven Matz (elbow discomfort) are both scheduled to pitch in their first rehab game Saturday. They are scheduled to each pitch two innings in an extended spring training game. Alderson they are still on track for returns around the end of this month or early June. … Travis d’Arnaud (bruised right wrist) doing baseball activities “as tolerated,” Alderson said. With discomfort still in the wrist, the catcher is still doing drills with just his left hand.