According to Mets assistant general manager John Ricco, Yoenis Cespedes ran at 100% today and should be close to returning to the Mets. Cespedes had been participating in hitting drills and jogging, so this latest update seems promising. No specific timetable was given for when the slugger could make his return to the lineup since the Mets want to tamper expectations when it comes to player injuries.
The Mets had been hopeful he would be available to serve as the DH against Texas in the two-game series that begins tonight, but it would appear the outfielder still needs some more rehab time. His first rehab attempt got pushed back when he felt some discomfort in his quadriceps during a rehab game with St. Lucie and the progress had to be shut down.
Cespedes initially sustained the injury at the end of April when he was expected to miss only a couple of games. A week later he once again had to be pulled from a game when he came up limping after running out a double. This time the injury was deemed more significant and he was placed on the disabled list the next day. When Cespedes rejoins the team, the Mets will have to deal with the same issue they faced in spring training: a crowded outfield.