Cespedes placed on DL by Mets
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.