Sports Mets place OF Cespedes on DL with hip injury

22:10  16 may  2018
22:10  16 may  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes placed on the disabled list with hamstring injury , season in jeopardy. Cespedes left Friday's game against the Washington Nationals in the first inning after injuring his right hamstring.

TODAY: Cespedes has been officially placed on the DL , the Mets announced. The injury is the latest leg muscle problem for Cespedes , who missed time earlier this year with a strain in his left hammy that was followed by a right quad problem.

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NEW YORK — Yoenis Cespedes spent about a week trying to play through his latest lower body injury. Now, he and the New York Mets are opting to play it safe.

The Mets placed Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right hip flexor, retroactive to Monday. It will be Cespedes’ fourth DL stint for a leg injury in the past three seasons, despite an off-season focus on better caring for his lower half.

Cespedes had an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed the strain. Manager Mickey Callaway said New York hoped Cespedes could heal while playing, but the problem persisted.

"He was improving while he was playing, and that kind of stopped," Callaway said. "So let’s take a different route."

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WASHINGTON (AP) The New York Mets have placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and activated infielder Jose Reyes. The 31-year-old has been limited to 81 games this season because of various injuries .

The New York Mets placed star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list Friday because of a hamstring injury . They put Cespedes on the 10-day DL and recalled left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin from the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.

Callaway said Cespedes has done "everything we asked of him" to keep his legs healthy. The 32-year-old was limited to 81 games last season due to leg injuries after signing a $110 million, four-year contract in November 2016.

Cespedes is hitting .255 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs this season. He went deep Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies and is batting .333 over his previous five games.

Callaway hopes the time off will allow Cespedes’ hip to heal fully. The Mets aren’t certain Cespedes will return when he’s eligible, but they think 10 or so days without games will be enough to get him to 100 per cent.

"He could’ve continued to gut it out, continued to play," Callaway said. "We were hoping with the off days and things like that, the progression of it would be, at some point maybe this would go away while he was playing."

When that didn’t happen, general manager Sandy Alderson and Callaway spoke to Cespedes about the DL. Callaway said Cespedes is good with the decision to take some time off. Cespedes declined to speak to reporters Wednesday.

Phillip Evans was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and slated to start in left field against Toronto on Wednesday. Evans said he arrived in New York at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, 6 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch against the Blue Jays.

Callaway also would not commit to activating Todd Frazier (strained left hamstring) from the DL when he’s eligible Friday, saying the team was taking his recovery day to day.

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