PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Mets scratched leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the lineup with a sore right wrist Tuesday, but X-rays were negative and the team said he is day-to-day.
Cespedes said through a translator that his right wrist initially started bothering him last Tuesday, on a swing against the Astros. He played the next two days and again Sunday, the discomfort not significant enough to keep him out.
“I made a swing and I felt something in my wrist,” said Cespedes, who noted that he had discussed it with the medical staff last week. “I didn’t care much about that.”
He figured the soreness would go away with a team off Monday. When it didn’t, he mentioned it again to the Mets, who removed him from the lineup and had X-rays taken.
“It sounds like he’s had it before, he knows what it is and it should be OK,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “Ideally he would be playing. So that’s the only thing that I’m worried about. It would have been nice to have him in the lineup.”
This is Cespedes’ second physical ailment of spring training. He missed a few days early in camp with right shoulder soreness.
The Mets have dealt with several mostly minor injuries to high-profile players in recent weeks, including righthander Jacob deGrom, first baseman Dominic Smith, rightfielder Jay Bruce and centerfielder Juan Lagares.
Tebow’s time done
The Mets cut Tim Tebow from major league camp Tuesday. In limited time thanks to an ankle sprain, Tebow had one hit and 11 strikeouts in 18 at-bats. He had a .105 OBP.
“It’s not like it’s a shock,” a smiling Tebow said of getting cut. “They were super honest the whole time. We have great relationships and conversations. It’s like, oh my gosh. So it’s all good.”
On Tuesday, before getting cut, Tebow went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
The Mets also sent righthanders Kevin McGowan, Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan, Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt to minor league spring training. They have 50 players left in big league camp.
Tebow can still be called up to play in major league exhibition games, as was often the case last year. He was listed on the travel roster for the Mets’ game against the Marlins in Jupiter Wednesday.
Zack Wheeler allowed the Nationals five runs and seven hits in three innings Tuesday night, his first bad outing of spring.
“It’s just one of those days,” Wheeler said. “Everything was pretty good. Command was just a little off.”
Odds & ends
Closer Jeurys Familia threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch Thursday. He has not been in a game since last Thursday, when he got roughed up (five runs, 1 1⁄3 innings) and said his shoulder was tight . . . Righthander Anthony Swarzak (left calf strain) will pitch in another simulated game Wednesday. “He’s in a really good spot,” Callaway said. “He’s actually fighting to not do the sim game.” . . . Still no word on when Smith (right quad strain) will get into a game. “We’re going to try to get him into a game soon. When it makes sense for Dom,” Callaway said . . . In his Mets debut, righthander A.J. Griffin allowed two runs in one inning Thursday against the Nationals. He signed a minor league deal last month and is likely to be rotation depth with Triple-A Las Vegas.