1:09pm: The Mets have activated Cespedes, Tim Britton of The Athletic was among those to tweet. In other moves, the Mets recalled reliever Drew Smith and optioned both first baseman Dominic Smith and right-hander Corey Oswalt to Triple-A.
8:25am: After a two-month layoff, Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is poised to return from the disabled list Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. With the Mets set to play a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, Cespedes will likely slot in at DH over the weekend, per DiComo.
Cespedes landed on the DL in mid-May with a hip flexor, an injury that didn’t look as if it would keep him out for significant time. However, the 32-year-old suffered multiple setbacks during his rehab and will end up missing nine weeks as a result. When Cespedes went down, the Mets were a game over .500 (19-18) and no doubt expecting to compete for a playoff spot, but their season has gone in the tank in his absence. New York, which began its slide with Cespedes in the lineup, is now 39-55 and sitting in last place in the NL East.
With the Mets’ postseason hopes dead, Cespedes won’t serve as a second-half reinforcement who helps the team charge to a playoff spot. Nevertheless, he’ll attempt to rebound from a first half in which he batted a somewhat disappointing .255/.316/.474 in 152 plate appearances before succumbing to injury.
A lack of availability has been a major problem for Cespedes since last season – the first of a four-year, $110MM contract – as lower body injuries limited him to 81 games then and 37 thus far in 2018. To this point, then, the deal hasn’t worked out for the Mets, who kept Cespedes from leaving in free agency after he helped them to playoff berths (including an NL pennant) in 2015-16.