Ce­s­pedes placed on DL by Mets

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - BASEBALL -

NEW YORK — Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes spent about a week try­ing to play through his lat­est lower­body 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 off­sea­son 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.

Call­away said Ce­s­pedes has done “ev­ery­thing we asked of him” to keep his legs healthy. The 32-yearold was lim­ited to 81 games last sea­son be­cause of leg in­juries af­ter sign­ing a $110 mil­lion, fouryear con­tract in Novem­ber 2016.

Ce­s­pedes is hit­ting .255 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs this sea­son. He is bat­ting .333 over his pre­vi­ous five games.

Phillip Evans was re­called from Triple-A Las Ve­gas and slated to start in left field against Toronto on Wed­nes­day.

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