Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes reacts after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals on April 19, 2018, at Yankee Stadium.


Cespedes Expected To Return As DH Friday For Subway Series Opener

Slugger Has Been Out Since May 13

July 19, 2018 - 4:58 pm


Reinforcements are finally on the way for the New York Mets, albeit a little too late.

Yoenis Cespedes is expected to return to the lineup Friday night at Yankee Stadium, serving as the team's designated hitter for the Subway Series opener.

Cespedes has not appeared in a big league game since May 13, having missed more than nine weeks with a strained right hip flexor. 

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Cespedes participated in a simulated game Monday, hitting two home runs, a single, and drawing a walk in seven plate appearances. He then returned to game action Tuesday for the first time since June, when he played two rehab games with Binghamton before suffering a setback. The power-hitting righty went 1-for-4 while playing seven innings in left field for the Rookie-level GCL Mets. Cespedes was with the Rookie-level club again Wednesday, playing nine innings of error-free baseball at first base while going 1-for-4 with a three-run home run.

The Mets were 19-18 with Cespedes in the lineup, but have fallen to 39-55 (second-worst record in the National League) since he suffered his injury. The 32-year-old is in the second season of a four-year, $110 million contract he signed prior to the 2017 season. 

Cespedes is hitting .255 with 8 HR and 28 RBI in 37 games (137 at-bats) this season.