Mets' Yoenis Cespedes heads to DL with hip flexor strain

James Marshall
May 17, 2018

They didn't need him in a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, but there was a risky notion that the team was going to let Cespedes try and play through the injury, something he has done before with disastrous results.

Callaway said Cespedes was "fine" with the decision, though the outfielder declined comment when approached by reporters. "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". "He was on board with the people who know what they're really talking about, kind of decided on". It will be Cespedes' fourth DL stint for a leg injury in the past three seasons, despite an offseason focus on better caring for his lower half. Last season saw him miss 81 games due to hamstring issues that were not properly addressed.

He will be eligible to return for the start of New York's series in Milwaukee on May 24. "Nobody can predict that", Callaway said.

"He could've continued to gut it out, continued to play", Callaway said. Through the opening 21 games of the year, Cespedes batted just.195 with five home runs, 21 RBI and 39 strikeouts.

Cespedes last played on Sunday in which he actually went 2-4 with a solo home run. "He was doing a great job".

The move, retroactive to May 14, corresponded with the team's recalling of infielder Phillip Evans from Triple-A Las Vegas for reinforcement.

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