A few hours after Wednesday afternoon’s victory over the Royals ended, the Mets got plenty of good news and were able to let out a collective sigh of relief. It looked like it could be a costly win for the Mets, as center fielder Yoenis Cespedes left the game early with a wrist issue. Fortunately, tests revealed that Cespedes only has a mild sprain of his left wrist and is day-to-day after receiving a cortisone shot.
The good news comes in at the same time as positive updates about pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler came down. Given the Mets’ well noted struggles offensively this season, any long-term injury to Cespedes would have been a major blow to the team’s chances at hanging around the playoff picture in the National League East.
The center fielder has been far and away the Mets’ best position player, hitting a robust .290/.362/.584 with a team-leading 18 home runs and 44 runs batted in. He leads the club offensively with 2.2 Fangraphs WAR, placing him 12th in the majors among outfielders.