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Sports Mets optimistic about Céspedes when baseball returns

07:10  30 june  2020
07:10  30 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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New Mets skipper Luis Rojas discussed his initial impressions of still-rehabbing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes at this stage of camp. Cespedes has been a dynamic player for the Mets , when available. But he missed all of 2019 after being sidelined for large chunks of the preceding two seasons.

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes underwent surgery on his right heel in August and left heel in October last year, and is slowly working his back to baseball shape. He told the media on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 that he's not sure when he'll return this season but "I will return ." (Photo: Bob Karp/NorthJersey.com

a close up of Yoenis Cespedes in a blue uniform holding a baseball bat © Provided by The Canadian Press

NEW YORK — When baseball comes back next month, Yoenis Céspedes might finally be ready to return, too.

Sidelined for nearly two years by injuries and then the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Mets slugger could be healthy enough at last to play on opening day in late July — especially with the designated hitter available in the National League this season.

“We’ll have to evaluate how the next few days go, but we’re optimistic,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday. “His bat can be a real impact and be a little bit of a separator for us as we compare ourselves to the rest of the teams in the league.”

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Yoenis Céspedes . Position: Leftfielder. Bats: Right • Throws: Right. 5-11, 225lb (180cm, 102kg). Team: New York Mets (majors). More Yoenis Céspedes Pages at Baseball Reference.

SAN FRANCISCO — When the injured Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes were rehabilitating at the Mets ’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., they talked often about returning as quickly as possible. They watched on television as the sputtering Mets went 7-11 without both players in the lineup and lagged

The 34-year-old Céspedes hasn’t played since July 20, 2018 — his only major league game after May 13 that year. The two-time All-Star had surgery on both heels and then broke his right ankle in a nasty spill on his Florida ranch in a reported run-in with a wild boar.

Van Wagenen mentioned that Céspedes is a five-tool athlete and won’t necessarily be limited to DH duty if healthy. The left fielder is entering the final season of a four-year contract.

“Céspedes has been working hard. We are looking forward to him getting into camp and believe that he should be closer to being game-ready than when we saw him last in March,” Van Wagenen said.

Right fielder Michael Conforto should have no restrictions when spring training starts up again this week. Conforto strained a muscle on his right side in March before camps were closed due to the virus outbreak.

Mets hitting coach Chili Davis off-site when camp opens

  Mets hitting coach Chili Davis off-site when camp opens NEW YORK — Hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the New York Mets open summer training camp Friday. The New York Post was first to report that the 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus. “The timeline for him to join us is uncertain yet,” new Mets manager Luis Rojas said on a video call Thursday. The Post, citing unidentified sources in its report, said Davis does not have the virus. Rojas said all other coaches and players have reported for intake screening. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the off-season.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) has returned to the Mets and was in the starting lineup for the first game of the team's doubleheader against the Braves, but Mets manager Terry Collins said on Saturday morning that the Mets plan to ease Cespedes back into game action, according to Abbey

Major League Baseball officials have become cautiously optimistic this week that the season will start in And not only would baseball be played, but it would be played in their own major-league ballparks, albeit with New York Yankees and Mets , Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles

New York will begin workouts Friday at Citi Field, and Van Wagenen said the team anticipates all its players will report.

Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who had Tommy John surgery soon after the shutdown, will rehab in Florida for the time being.

The Mets signed five players to minor league contracts Monday: reliever Hunter Strickland, outfielder Melky Cabrera, infielder Gordon Beckham, pitcher Erasmo Ramírez and outfielder Ryan Cordell.

Ramírez and Cordell performed well for the Mets in spring training this year before it was stopped.

All five were added to New York’s 60-man roster pool, now at 50 players with more expected when the club’s secondary site opens in Brooklyn. Van Wagenen said Tim Tebow remains under consideration for an insurance spot, just like many other minor leaguers.

In other news, the Mets signed second-round draft pick J.T. Ginn after the sides agreed on a $2.9 million bonus — more than double his slot value of $1,403,200. The right-hander from Mississippi State, who had Tommy John surgery in March, was selected 52nd overall.

Ginn was drafted 30th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 but chose to attend college.

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AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

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Mike Fitzpatrick, The Associated Press

Report: 2020 MLB season expected to include geographical division play .
With MLB owners unanimously voting on Monday to get the 2020 season underway, teams are expected to face opponents from within their usual divisions, and others from the corresponding geographical division in the opposite league, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Major League Baseball has not confirmed how things will be structured when a season gets underway, and the league must still wait for a response from the players' union aboutMajor League Baseball has not confirmed how things will be structured when a season gets underway, and the league must still wait for a response from the players' union about whether players can report to spring training by July 1 before moving forward.

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