Yoenis Cespedes injury updates have been too common for the New York Mets this season. Another Cespedes injury took place on Wednesday afternoon (June 22), as the Mets played the Kansas City Royals. A report from ESPN.com stated that he was suffering discomfort in his left wrist when he was forced to leave the game.
Earlier in the game, Cespedes could be seen grimacing as he fouled off pitches during an at-bat. He would wind up drawing a walk from Royals pitcher Danny Duffy, but would end up getting checked out by Mets trainer Ray Ramirez and manager Terry Collins at first base. ESPN reporter Adam Rubin gave a quick update on Twitter about what took place after he left the game.
Terry Collins says Yoenis Cespedes is being seen by a doctor for the left wrist discomfort. Collins said he had… https://t.co/8VqRVsHqNg
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 22, 2016
This is a familiar Yoenis Cespedes injury, as he was dealing with wrist problems last year. Cespedes would end up playing through it, but now it appears that something might be going on with his wrist again this season. While there has been no prognosis given by the team, Cespedes did get sent to a surgeon to get checked out.
What makes this news even worse for the Mets is that starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard had to exit the game with an elbow issue. A report from CBS Sports states that his elbow started to flare up and he had to exit the game following the sixth inning. Syndergaard was then sent to the same hospital as Cespedes in order to get things checked out. No update on his condition has been given.
So far in the 2016 MLB season, Yoenis Cespedes has played 64 games for the New York Mets. He has a 0.284 batting average, a 0.931 OPS, 18 home runs, 44 RBIs, and 39 runs scored. Cespedes has picked up where he left off during the 2015 MLB season and has been playing at an All-Star level when he is in the lineup. The big question mark, though, has been his health. Mets fans and fantasy baseball owners have grown very accustomed to seeing “day-to-day” next to his name in the daily lineups.
On Thursday, June 23, the New York Mets begin a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves. These are important games against another National League East opponent, but pale in comparison to the games that follow. Once the team leaves Atlanta, the Mets will travel to play three games against the Washington Nationals and then return home for four games against the Chicago Cubs. Though it’s still very early in the season, these games could dictate the rest of the year for the Mets.
A lot hinges not just on the next Yoenis Cespedes injury update, but also on how the situation with Noah Syndergaard turns out. The New York Mets have been struggling lately and don’t have the depth to continue to deal with injuries. The win on Wednesday helped a lot, improving the team to 38-32 on the season. That puts the Mets in the second National League wild card slot, just ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals (37-33) and Miami Marlins (38-34).
Fantasy baseball owners will want to pay close attention to this situation, as Cespedes and Syndergaard are important parts of any roster. As for fans of the New York Mets, the best-case scenario will be that both players rest for a few days and are back on the field very soon. The next start for Syndergaard is scheduled to come against the Washington Nationals on Monday, June 27. As for Yoenis Cespedes, the team might be best suited to place him on the disabled list to allow him to rest the ailing wrist.
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