While addressing the media today, Mickey Callaway indicated that all went well for Yoenis Cespedes running the bases yesterday at 90% and that he is ready for something “more strenuous”—either a simulated game or a rehab assignment. The team will be making a decision soon on Cespedes’ next step, but Callaway said that it was also “a consideration” that he may play for the Mets in their first series after the All-Star Break, as it will be at Yankee Stadium, where Cespedes can DH.
As for Cespedes recently expressing willingness to play first base in order to preserve his legs, when asked about where he would play in the field for his rehab assignment, Callaway said, “He’s our left fielder.”
Speaking of first basemen, Callaway was also asked about Dominic Smith and where he stands, with limited at-bats available and rumors floating around that he may be demoted. Callaway said that he “had a chat” with Smith and worries that these things may be on his mind and affecting his performance.
Callaway also gave an update on T.J. Rivera, who will be examined today after experiencing pain in his arm during his rehab assignment coming back from Tommy John surgery. He was removed from the game, as the pain was “a little more than just the normal soreness,” according to Callaway.