"Big Week" for Yoenis Cespedes will not lead to his first Mets game


PORT ST. LUCIE – Yoenis Cespedes & # 39; progress this spring satisfies the team officials, but the rehabilitating outfielder was not seen as ready for the Grapefruit League action, which starts for the Mets on Saturday.

"I think it was a really big week for [Cespedes], he is moving forward, ”said manager Luis Rojas on Friday. "He makes progress and does things that impress you every day."

Cespedes, who had been paused in the past 1½ seasons and had rehabilitated after surgery on both heels and several ankle fractures that he contracted while encountering a wild boar at his Florida ranch, practiced live during the week. He also took part in field exercises, but according to Rojas is currently limited to walking in a straight line.

Cespedes has also participated in throwing exercises, including lifting on the home plate.

Yoenis CespedesAnthony J. Causi

"He's basically going through the schedule, say 75 percent of it, 80 percent of what everyone else is doing. This is great news for us," said Rojas, adding that this is a schedule for the return of Cespedes the field is not set up. "He has to go through this progress and our performance staff work closely with him. He does a good job of responding to it."

Rick Porcello will start the split squad game against the Marlins in Port St. Lucie, and Marcus Stroman will play the Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida.

Wilson Ramos, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto are among the players who will stay at home to take on the Marlins. The traveling squad consists of Rene Rivera behind the plate for Stroman, with Brandon Nimmo, J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario in the lineup. Bank coach Hensley Meulens will lead the traveling team.

Most Mets workouts – including a simulated three-inning game – were canceled due to rain, but players took part in basic exercises.

The Mets had planned a movie night for Friday when they wanted to see "Just Mercy". Rojas had expected to attend.

"I heard the film had a great message, so I'll see it with the other guys," said Rojas.