It’s still early in the season, but the Mets are finding themselves in deeper and deeper trouble. After leaving yesterday’s game in the fourth inning, Yoenis Cespedes has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, and the Mets have recalled left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin in a corresponding move.
Cespedes had just returned to the lineup one day earlier after sitting out three straight games with a nagging hamstring injury. With him on the disabled list, the Mets will roll out an outfield consisting of Michael Conforto in left, Curtis Granderson in center, and Jay Bruce in right. TJ Rivera will play first base in place of Bruce, who returns to right field in place of Granderson, who moves to center field in place of Conforto, who... awell, you get the idea.
According to Buster Olney at ESPN, Cespedes is expected to head to Florida for rehab, where he could receive platelet-rich plasma injections. This injury adds to a list of injured Mets that already includes Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, David Wright, Seth Lugo, and Steven Matz. Asdrubal Cabrera, Travis d’Arnaud, and Noah Syndergaard have dealt with nagging injuries as well. The team’s ability to compete has clearly suffered, with the Mets now at 8-13 and in last place in the division.
Gilmartin figures to serve as a long relief man and potential spot starter on Sunday if Noah Syndergaard cannot make his start. Gilmartin has made one previous appearance this year against the Phillies on April 18, in which he struck out one but allowed two inherited runners to score on a ground ball single by Daniel Nava.