PHILADELPHIA — Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went through drills before last night’s game against the Phillies. He took swings in the batting cage and ran in the outfield, with no issues.
But when he ran the bases, he still experienced pain in his right quadriceps. So the Mets began their post-break slate without their best hitter, at least for one more day.
“It was more when I was running the bases that it was still bothering me,” Cespedes said through a translator.
Before the game, manager Terry Collins said Cespedes might be available to pinch hit, but he wants to play it safe with the outfielder, whom he called day-to-day. Said Collins: “Taking a chance right now may not be the wisest move.”
Cespedes has been out three straight games, a hiatus of seven days thanks to the All-Star break.
n Syndergaard refreshed
Noah Syndergaard said he felt as if a parachute were strapped to his pitching arm. This was his way of describing the fatigue that suddenly robbed him of his fastball in the middle of a start on July 8.
That feeling is gone. At least, that’s what Syndergaard reported after a light throwing session yesterday. He is slated to throw his first bullpen session today and is scheduled to start against the Cubs on Tuesday.
“It feels like I have a new arm, really,” said Syndergaard, who will go 10 days between starts if he pitches Tuesday night as planned.
n Extra bases
Some clubs around baseball, including the Mets, will wear throwback uniforms on Wednesday. The Mets are expected to sport their gray 1986 racing stripe jerseys. An announcement from MLB is expected next week . . . Lucas Duda (stress fracture in back) might begin baseball activities next week.