Following a two-hit performance earlier in the afternoon (including a double off the center field wall), Yoenis Cespedes departed Wednesday's game with "left wrist discomfort." SNY cameras appeared to catch Cespedes wincing following a swing in the fifth inning. While he would finish his at-bat to earn a walk, Alejandro De Aza replaced him in center field the following frame.
The Mets are already operating with a short bench, as evidenced by Matt Reynolds's rare start in left field on Wednesday (his first outfield appearance in professional baseball). For the Mets to lose Cespedes to the disabled list would be devastating, particularly after Juan Lagares's recent trip to the DL. Cespedes's most recent time on the disabled list came in April 2013 with the Oakland A's, when he suffered a strained muscle in his left hand. While Curtis Granderson, Alejandro De Aza, and Michael Conforto are natural outfielders, all three are left-handed hitters with limited success against southpaws. What's more, the team's reserve options (Reynolds and Kelly Johnson) fit the profile of infielders playing out of position.