Following their loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night, the Mets placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list with a quad injury. Cespedes first suffered the injury in a July 8 loss against the Nationals. As the Mets tried to keep their star slugger off the disabled list, Cespedes played intermittently and moved from center field to left field to reduce the load on his legs.
But after the Mets’ game, Cespedes said he exacerbated his injury in his last at-bat of the night, a strikeout. Although Cespedes—who has hit .294/.367/.557 over 327 plate appearances this season—represents a significant loss for an already-struggling Mets lineup, the 30-year-old outfielder has not produced since the original injury. In 48 plate appearances between July 9 and August 2, Cespedes hit .231 with one home run and a .692 OPS.
With Cespedes out, the outfield should stabilize with Michael Conforto in left, Curtis Granderson in center and Jay Bruce in right.