According to Tim Britton of The Athletic, New York Mets skipper Mickey Callaway said this afternoon that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will begin running the bases today in an attempt to return from the disabled list.
Cespedes, 32, has been on the DL since May 16 with a mild strain of the right hip flexor. He began a rehab assignment on June 8 but was pulled from his first game in the field after just five innings.
The Cuban slugger was slashing .255/.316/.474 with eight home runs, six doubles, and 28 runs batted in over 152 at-bats this season.
On July 3, it was reported that Cespedes had started a running program, running 60-yard wind sprints at less than full speed.
Mets assistant GM John Ricco recently said the chronic issue hampering Cespedes is a heel issue and that they hope he will play rehab games during the upcoming All-Star Break.
Britton also noted that Cespedes began taking groundballs at first base today in order to gauge his comfort and skill levels at the position. In 721 career games, he has never played a single inning at the position.