The Mets dropped another steaming pile of injury news on us Tuesday morning, and fortunately there is nothing major to report. However, the names involved will draw the attention of the Queens faithful for sure.
Jacob deGrom will continue to have his Grapefruit League debut delayed, as he is dealing with some lower back stiffness. The right-handed ace was previously said to be behind in his training due to the recent birth of his second child. The good news is that deGrom is doing some throwing in the field today, so the injury does not seem very serious.
Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes is dealing with shoulder soreness and is considered day-to-day. The Cuban slugger was not seen at drills today, so hopefully he’ll be back to 100 percent after a little rest. Cespedes did not make the trip to West Palm Beach on Monday, but he did look swell while crushing a home run on Sunday at First Data Field.
Earlier today, Cespedes told reporters that his shoulder is nothing to worry about.
As for updates on injuries that we already know about, Juan Lagares remains day-to-day with a strained left hamstring, while Dominic Smith will be gradually returning to baseball activities after an MRI confirmed a strained right quad. Both players should be eager to return to action, as Lagares is battling Brandon Nimmo for playing time in center field and Smith could challenge Adrian Gonzalez at first base with a strong Grapefruit League run.
Speaking of returns to action, Jay Bruce is the designated hitter in today’s game against Houston, but it seems that his injured foot will hold him out of the outfield for at least a little while longer. Tim Tebow is also available to hit after he missed the first four spring training games with an ankle injury.