Jose Reyes came off the disabled list and rejoined the Mets on Saturday night, the first of what the team is hoping becomes a wave.
According to manager Terry Collins, Yoenis Cespedes could be activated from the disabled list Friday, his first day of eligibility, and starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera could be right behind him.
“These guys cannot get back at a better time,” Collins said. “We need them, we need their leadership besides their playing ability.”
The Mets began the day 57-58 but were only three games out of the National League’s final wild-card spot, with a favorable September schedule coming up. But first they must keep themselves within arm’s reach, an increasingly difficult chore with injuries piling up.
Reyes’ return from a strained left oblique paid immediate dividends against the Padres. He worked a leadoff walk in the first, then advanced to third on a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Christian Bethancourt. Reyes scored on Neil Walker’s single. Reyes went 0-for-4 with a couple of strikeouts.
“I feel like I’m ready to go,” said Reyes, who will play shortstop until Cabrera returns.
Collins said both Cabrera (left knee strain) and Cespedes (right quadriceps strain) went through “pretty full workouts” — which included sprints and hitting — Saturday at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Cespedes is expected to begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with St. Lucie. He will be a designated hitter and play the outfield, but it’s unclear if he’ll return to centerfield.
Said Collins: “When he injured the leg, the discussion was ‘centerfield’s beating me up with all the running,’ so we need to take a good, hard look at it.”
Cabrera could begin his rehab stint Tuesday.
The Mets promoted 23-year-old righthander Gabriel Ynoa, who was 10-5 with a 4.42 ERA in 23 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas. He made his debut and got the win out of the bullpen in the 11th, retiring the Padres 1-2-3 . . . Shortstop Matt Reynolds and righty Logan Verrett were sent to Las Vegas. Verrett had been the Mets’ fifth starter but was bumped from the rotation after allowing eight runs in 2 2⁄3 innings Friday night.