PITTSBURGH — Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has suffered a setback in his minor-league rehab assignment.
Cespedes did not play as expected Saturday because of soreness in his right quadriceps muscle, which he felt while running the bases during his rehab debut with Class A Port St. Lucie a night earlier.
The Mets announced that Ces pedes will not take any live at-bats until Tuesday at the earliest and will remain in Port St. Lucie until he’s cleared to play.
The setback comes as Cespedes neared a return from a left hamstring strain that has sidelined him for a month.
“I’m certainly anxious to see how the outcome is tonight,” Terry Collins said in anticipation of Cespedes’ second straight rehab game. “They thought he swung the bat all right . . . He’s anxious to get back in there today to see how he does.”
Instead, his absence will drag on for at least a few more days.
Despite his standing as one of the team’s established players, Curtis Granderson likely will be the odd man out when Cespedes returns.
“I will sit them all down as a group and explain the process of what we’re going to do and how we’re going to go about it,” Collins said. “Certainly, when Ces gets back, I know him and he’ll want to play every game. We can’t afford to lose him for another month, so he’ll be getting some time off.”
Take a Pill
The Mets are leaning toward using recently promoted righthander Tyler Pill to fill the opening in the starting rotation on Tuesday, though weather could change that plan.
Forecasts for Sundayn night’s game call for rain around game time. A postponement would allow the Mets to bump starter Matt Harvey to tuesday, meaning there wouldn’t be another rotation opening until Friday. By then, Steven Matz or Seth Lugo could be activated to pitch. Both are scheduled to make rehab starts today, which could line them up to be called upon as soon as Friday.
Pill made his major-league debut when he entered Saturday night’s game in the 10th inning with the score tied at 4-4. He took the loss when John Jaso delivered a two-out single off Josh Edgin with the bases loaded.
Mets prospect Justin Dunn has dedicated his season to fighting ALS. The righthander is donating $100 for every strikeout this season to the FrateTrain ALS Research and Support Fund, named for former Boston College coach Pete Frates, who also began the Ice Bucket Challenge.
A Freeport native and the Mets’ first-round draft pick a year ago, Dunn has 28 strikeouts in 402⁄3 innings with Class A St. Lucie.
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