Left fielders is set to rejoin the Mets in Atlanta on Saturday and will play in one of the two games of the team’s doubleheader. Officially speaking, he’ll be the 26th man on the roster, as Major League Baseball moved a few years back to allow teams to carry an extra player for doubleheaders.
After injuring his hamstring in late April, Cespedes was placed on the disabled list. And when he made his first attempt at recovering from the hamstring injury, he dealt with quad soreness that shut down his minor league rehab assignment. This time around, he played in just one minor league rehab game, which took place last night with the St. Lucie Mets. He went 0-for-4 and played left field for the duration of the game.
Whatever the Mets decide to do with the rest of their outfield, getting Cespedes back is a significant boost to the team. While pitching has been the problem this year, it certainly wouldn’t hurt the Mets to score even more runs than they have been this year. In 75 plate appearances before the injury, Cespedes hit .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and a 159 wRC+.