New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was placed on the disabled list on May 16 with a mild strained right hip flexor after the organization admitted he was playing at roughly 85%.
Two weeks later and the updates don’t seem to indicate that Cespedes is close to even beginning a rehab assignment.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson talked to reporters on Thursday about the injury to Cespedes, “I’m a little surprised it has taken as long as it has. … I’m hopeful he’ll be ready to go in the not-too-distant future.”
Cespedes only played in 81 games last season with the Mets after a hamstring injury for most of the year. He’s also had a myriad of minor injuries since coming to the Mets in 2015 that has kept him out of the lineup for short periods of time.
Alderson is also worried that the hip issue is an injury that isn’t simply going away, “My understanding is this hip flexor thing is somewhat chronic. It’s something that has to be managed.”
When healthy, Cespedes has performed well for the Mets with a .886 OPS during his time in Queens and was an integral part in the 2015-2016 playoff runs.
The Mets signed Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million deal before the 2017 season and they’re on the hook for two seasons totaling $58.5 million after this year.
You have to wonder if Alderson is starting to regret that after comments made on Thursday, “Some people are more susceptible to injury than others, and maybe you can say, ‘Gee, susceptible to injury? Shouldn’t that have entered into some decision in the past?'”