By Paul DiSclafani
Are you kidding me? On the heels of Noah Syndergaard being scratched from his start this afternoon due to “bicep discomfort” and a tired arm, now the Mets are facing the possibility that their 2017 meal ticket, Yoenis Cespedes may miss significant time as he reinjured his hamstring running out a double in today’s game against the Atlanta Braves.
Cespedes, who returned to the lineup last night after missing four games with a “tight” hamstring last week, pulled up lame and needed to be helped off the field. Last season, Cespedes missed 14 games with a pulled hamstring after he returned too early from a “tight” hamstring. That injury dogged him for the rest of the season, forcing manager Terry Collins to keep him out of centerfield and exclusively in left.
The Mets have lost 9 of their last 10 and now their two biggest stars, Cespedes and Syndergaard, may not be available as they head to Washington for a weekend series with the First Place Nationals. You can bet that Cespedes will be put on the DL before the end of today. Brandon Nimmo is just beginning his rehab assignment out in Las Vegas and the Mets don’t have another outfielder on the 40-man roster, unless you count Matt Reynonds, who was brought up yesterday. He has played mostly left field.
How does this training staff keep their jobs?