North Port, Florida – The Mets will hold their first full-squad training on Monday, and there will be no wild boar.
Yes, Yoenis Cespedes will train with his teammates at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said on Sunday. It is the first time that Cespedes has played with other Mets on a field since his last big league game on July 20, 2018 at Yankee Stadium.
"He will take the punch training, he will take the live BP, he will continue to work with the team," said Van Wagenen at CoolToday Park, where a Grapefruit League media day was held in Major League Baseball. “Everyone will be able to see where they are offensive. He will continue to develop his run development, which, as you can imagine, will be an accumulation after the injuries he has had, but you will see how he throws. You will see how he participates in the team and we are all happy about it. "
Cespedes & # 39; 2018 ended prematurely when he underwent multiple surgical procedures to remove calcifications from both heels. Then, last May, Cespedes suffered multiple fractures on his right ankle when he fell after being frightened by a wild boar at his ranch in Port St. Lucie. This accident resulted in Cespedes agreeing to a sharp cut in wages (around $ 30 million) for 2019 and 2020 and having the chance to win back about half of it by playing extensively in the coming season.
"I don't know exactly what exercises he will do [Monday]but he did field work, ”said Van Wagenen. "He went straight and we'll continue to see that, but as far as baseball participation is concerned [Monday]We will all see it together with the group for the first time. "
When asked whether it was realistic to believe that Cespedes could contribute to the Mets as an everyday outfielder, Van Wagenen said: "It is very difficult for each of us to predict how long a player can return after an injury. The goal is building on every day, not suffering setbacks and being able to get the boys to a point where they can help in whatever role. ”