New York Mets Rumors: Yoenis Cespedes Begins Rehab Assignment, Mets Remain Quiet About All-Star Outfielder

New York Mets rumors present some interesting news. On Thursday night (June 8), Yoenis Cespedes began his rehab assignment for the Mets, playing left field with the Mets’ Florida State League affiliate (Class-A Advanced). These Mets rumors may come as a surprise to some fans of the team, as this piece of news came with almost no fanfare. It’s possible that the franchise is worried about going through a repeat of the previous situation, where Cespedes went out on a rehab assignment and suffered a setback to his timetable.

On the field for the St. Lucie Marlins on Thursday, Cespedes played the entire game in left field, going 0-for-4 against Lakeland. This wasn’t a game for him to showcase his power at the plate, but rather for Cespedes to work on getting his timing back and make it through an entire game without getting hurt again. He succeeded on both fronts, even though fans would likely want to see some better numbers at the plate from him during the rehab assignment.

The good news about these New York Mets rumors is that Yoenis Cespedes is one step closer to rejoining the team. As a report by CBS Sports outlined, Cespedes has been on the disabled list since the end of April with a pulled hamstring. It is a tough injury to deal with, as there is no clear timetable for each player. Cespedes tried to work through the hamstring injury and complete a rehab assignment in May, but suffered setbacks that caused the Mets to slow down the entire recovery process.

In the midst of New York Mets rumors about the team pulling in the sails on this year and preparing to make a run during the 2018 MLB season, getting some good news in a Yoenis Cespedes injury update couldn’t come at a better time. In the latest MLB standings, the Mets have a 25-32 record and are nine games back from the Washington Nationals (38-21) in the National League East. The Wild Card race isn’t any better, as the Mets trail the Los Angeles Dodgers (36-25) by nine games for the second slot.

Through his first 18 games of the 2017 MLB season, Yoenis Cespedes was putting up good numbers for the New York Mets. He had a 0.270 batting average, a 0.992 OPS, and six home runs already. That pace might have helped Cespedes to post a 40-homer season for the first time in his six-year baseball career. It would have been a nice way to follow up his Silver Slugger season with the Mets. The team could really use a boost from him on offense, and having a healthy Cespedes in the lineup would certainly help the struggling pitching staff as well.

With so very little news provided from the team in these latest New York Mets rumors, it would be a guess to state when the team will activate Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list. If his strained hamstring has healed and the soreness in his quadriceps has gone away, then there is no reason he can’t get activated very soon. Monday (June 12), when the Mets begin a home series against the Chicago Cubs, could be a possibility, but so could sometime this weekend against the Atlanta Braves. Could Cespedes get activated during the road trip?

Cespedes is in the second year of a massive contract that the Mets gave him following the 2015 MLB season. In 2016, while playing 132 games for the Mets, Cespedes has a 0.280 batting average, 31 home runs, and 86 RBIs as he made the All-Star team and won a Silver Slugger Award. Winning a hitting award while playing in only 132 regular season games shows just how good Cespedes can be when he is healthy. For future New York Mets rumors to stay away from the team becoming “sellers” at the MLB trade deadline, Cespedes is going to have to get healthy and return to form.

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