Both Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud will start for the first time this week tonight against the Braves at Citi Field. The Mets lost both players last week to small, but significant, injuries, which caused the team to play short-handed for the weekend.
d’Arnaud left Wednesday’s game after suffering a right wrist contusion after making contact with Aaron Altherr’s bat after an attempted throw to second base. While d’Arnaud was available to pinch hit—and did in all four games—his bat was missed in the lineup. In his absence, Kevin Plawecki was called up to the team’s active roster, while Rene Rivera got the bulk of the playing time.
Cespedes suffered a hamstring cramp (or shock, as it was described) in Thursday night’s game and has not appeared in a game since. The injury did open up a position for Michael Conforto over the past four games, where the young outfielder has continued to impress. It remains to be seen how Cespedes returning to the lineup will affect Conforto’s playing time, but tonight, both men are starting.
The Mets have lost eight of their last nine games, including all four that saw d’Arnaud and Cespedes out.