It looks like the Mets will get a big bat back as early as next week, as Yoenis Cespedes began his rehab assignment in Double-A Binghamton.
Going 0-2 as the DH, Cespedes looked good out there and had no signs of the hip injury, which has kept him sidelined since May 14.
But with the Mets losing seven in a row after last night’s 4-1 loss to the Yankees at Citi Field, Cespedes doesn’t want to be viewed as a savior.
“I’m working very hard to get back and help the team get on the winning track,” Cespedes said through a translator, according to the Asbury Park Press, after a rehab game Friday.
“For the way the team is playing right now, even if I’m doing very well, if the team remains playing this way, I don’t think it’s going to help, but I’m eager to get back.”
Cespedes can’t hurt either. With both Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto struggling, the return of the power hitting outfielder will only help the Mets get back on track.
Cespedes will be playing the outfield tonight and possibly tomorrow before returning to the Mets, possibly when the team is in Atlanta next week.
“He’s in a good spot,” Callaway said. “He could probably go do it (yesterday). The process that we’re using is, we had him run the bases this afternoon at 1:30. He looked really good doing that. So we thought a good kind of transition would be for him to go DH (last night), get some swings in and be able to run the bases when he’s hitting and then progress him to playing the field tomorrow.”