PORT ST. LUCIE — Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the first game of Tuesday’s split-city doubleheader due to right wrist soreness. He is day-to-day, according to a team release.
“In last Tuesday’s game (against Houston at First Data Field), I made a swing and I felt something on my wrist. I didn’t care much about that,” Cespedes said through a translator while seated at his locker Tuesday. “I felt with the day off (Monday), it will be good for today but it isn’t.” Cespedes said he felt wrist pain again Tuesday morning.
Cespedes, 32, said he had X-rays taken of his wrist Tuesday morning, but he had not learned the results as of 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, when the clubhouse access ended. He was originally listed in the early lineup card for the afternoon game against the Astros that was posted in the clubhouse Tuesday morning. Phillip Evans replaced Cespedes in left field for the day game, and is batting sixth. Jay Bruce took over the No. 2 spot in the batting order, which is Cespedes’ customary spot.
The Mets will travel to West Palm Beach to play the Nationals Tuesday night following the day game.
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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Cespedes that it’s “nothing serious” prior to the team release.
Earlier this spring training, Cespedes said he was giving up playing golf on the side since he wanted to devote himself to trying to remain healthy through the grind of a 162-game campaign. Cespedes has come under criticism for his golf hobby ever since he revealed his love for the links after joining the Mets in 2015. He also said during spring training this year that he is battling right shoulder soreness, although Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday that he did not see any concerns with Cespedes’ throwing ability.
In other injury news, team captain David Wright’s battle to make a comeback from back and shoulder injuries continues to stall. The team announced Tuesday that Wright, 35, was re-examined Monday in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins and his “shoulder and lower back issues persist.” Wright will not perform any baseball activity for eight weeks.
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