Alderson Speaks About Cespedes’ Timeframe for Return

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This afternoon, the New York Mets released some information pertaining to their All-Star outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes, 32, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 16 (retroactive to May 14) with a mild strain of his right hip flexor.

As per a team release, though Cespedes has continued rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, he will not begin any running or baseball activities until he is “symptom-free”.

He began his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on June 9 but came out of his first game in the field after just five innings and was subsequently shut down.

Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson spoke during his press conference today about a possible timeframe for Cespedes to resume baseball activities.

“We’re not sure how long it’s gonna take before he’s symptom-free. I’m hopeful that it’s going to be, you know, relatively soon. It’s possible that his activity will ramp up a little bit on Monday or Tuesday.” Alderson said. “But at this point, I just don’t think we can predict when that will be”

Alderson went on to speak about Cespedes’ ongoing struggle to get healthy and how the team is looking at the situation.

“Once you recognize that there’s a lingering issue, possibly chronic, then you have to deal with it. We’ll need to take a look at how we approach that issue, how we address it within our performance group and make sure we’re on top of it.”

Alderson continued to speak about the slugger’s lingering hip issues.

“You know, it’s like any illness or injury that has to be managed that can’t be cured if you will. We have to manage it. That’s a function of his preparation, its a function of his on-field activity during a game, ” Alderson said. “It’s a function of a lot of different things.”

The 32-year-old native of Cuba is slashing .255/.316/.474 with eight home runs, 28 runs batted in, and six doubles in 137 at-bats this season.

We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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