WASHINGTON — Yoenis Cespedes most likely has played his last game of the season. The Mets $ 110 million slugger left the Mets 4-2 win over the Nationals in the first inning Friday night with a strained right hamstring and is headed to the disabled list for the second time this season.
And he is already focused on 2018, knowing that he has to change his offseason approach to try and stay on the field.
“I haven’t figured out what I am going to do, but obviously we all know we need to make some changes,” Cespedes said through Mets translator Melissa Strozza. “That I will do.”
After Cespedes missed 38 games earlier this season with a strained left hamstring, he came back having worked on new training, stretching and flexibility techniques to try and prevent the leg issues.
But Friday night was eerily familiar to Mets fans.
“It is similar in location and severity to the one on the left side. He’ll be examined Monday in New York,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said after the game. “Until that time, we will have somebody else coming in here. He is definitely a DL. Somebody take his spot by tomorrow afternoon.”
While the Mets and Cespedes think some of the work he did after the last injury could shorten his comeback time with this injury, the Mets have just 35 games remaining in their disappointing 2017 season. They have invested in the 31-year old slugger for the next three seasons, so the smart move is probably shutting him down for the rest of the season.
Cespedes indicated he would be careful with this injury.
“Of course I am going to work hard to get back as soon as I can, but I am not going to push myself to come back if I am not 100%,” Cespedes said.
In the first year of his big contract with the Mets, Cespedes spent the majority of the offseason working with the Mets’ strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Barwis. They focused on strengthening his legs after he spent time on the DL with a right quad injury.
If Friday was his last game, Cespedes finished the season having played in 81 games hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Cespedes admitted. “I know how much work I put into coming in ready this season. Probably more than ever and I have just had injury after injury. This one in particular was so frustrating. Right before this I felt the best I had felt all season long. It’s definitely frustrating.”
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