Mets Activate Cespedes, Demote Dom Smith

July 20, 2018 - 3:21 pm


After two long months that seemed like an eternity, Yoenis Cespedes is finally back with the Mets just in time for the Subway Series. The Mets activated their left fielder from the 10-day DL on Friday. To make room for the slugger, they decided to demote first baseman Dominic Smith to triple-A Las Vegas. 

The Mets also called up reliever Drew Smith and sent down Corey Oswalt to triple-A. With Jason Vargas expected to return to the rotation on Tuesday from a strained calf, Smith will likely be back down to make room for Vargas when that time comes, barring an injury. Oswalt was coming off back-to-back strong outings, which he allowed just three hits in 11 innings. 

The Mets beleagured lineup will welcome back Cespedes with open arms. Cespedes was hitting .255 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 37 games before he hit the disabled list with a hip flexor and quad injury. He will be in the lineup tonight against the Yankees in the Bronx as the designated hitter. 

Sending down Dom Smith isn't terribly surprising. It may also have been his final chance to try and prove himself as en everyday first baseman with the Mets. Smith has been atrocious this season since getting called up to play almost every day on June 12. He has just one home run and one RBI, while hitting just .183 with a .216 OBP in 71 at bats. While it's not a huge sample size, Smith truly has struggled at the plate, and it's hard to watch it every day. 

The Mets hope the return of Cespedes can get their lineup going in the second half as they try to climb out of the cellar of the NL East at 39-55.