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Luis Rojas says Yoenis Cespedes has been sprinting, but he won't say what's next for slugger in Mets workouts

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during a spring training

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during a spring training workout, Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020 at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

During baseball’s 3 1⁄2-month hiatus, as the Mets scattered geographically and worked out to varying degrees independently, Yoenis Cespedes made progress — but team officials still want to see it with their own eyes.

Manager Luis Rojas said Cespedes advanced in recent months to sprinting, which is a step he had not taken in spring training. Still, Rojas wouldn’t commit to what Cespedes would or would not do in Mets workouts that started Friday. Cespedes participated in the third of the Mets’ three workouts Friday.

“We’ll see in the upcoming days in camp, when we start ramping it up more and we get involved into the bases and all that,” Rojas said of Cespedes, who had not run the bases as of mid-March. “I know he was in a progression and I heard really good things about it and I can’t wait to see Cespedes myself.”

There doesn’t seem to be much optimism surrounding Jed Lowrie, though. He is in New York and also participated in the Mets’ third workout Friday, but he still is wearing the bulky brace he donned during spring training. He has been dealing with left leg injuries since at least February 2019, and nobody with the Mets — including Lowrie — has said much regarding what is wrong or why he has struggled to get back on the field.

““Jed, right now, he hasn’t played in a while,” Rojas said. “We’re going to bring him back. He’s here. Once again, we’re going to see how his progression is. That’s something I need to reassess as well with the performance staff to see where he is.”

Extra bases

Jacob deGrom looked as if he were “almost in midseason form” during his bullpen session Friday, Rojas said .  .  . Edwin Diaz on the closer job: “My mentality has always been that I am a closer despite even what happened last year .  .  . I’m going to try to prove during these next two, three weeks that I can be the closer of this team.”  . . . The Mets did not conduct any group meetings in person before their workouts. “We are connecting virtually right now,” Rojas said. “That’s how we’re addressing the team.” . . . The Mets don’t have any new baseball-related injuries, according to Rojas. MLB rules bar team personnel from commenting on who tests positive for COVID-19 or how many positive tests they have had.

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