Cespedes has said the issue first cropped up last week while swinging a bat, but played through it for a few days before he was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday. X-rays on the wrist were negative, and both Cespedes and Mickey Callaway downplayed the injury on Tuesday. But the need for a cortisone shot indicates it may have been more severe than they let on.
Cespedes had gotten off to a huge start to his spring training, with six hits in 23 at-bats and three home runs, the last of which came Sunday, while the wrist was already apparently bothering him. With Michael Conforto not expected to be back until at least mid-April, it is imperative for the Mets to have a healthy Cespedes to start the year.