The availability of an injured baseball player is not officially listed as doubtful, probable or questionable. So, the status of Yoenis Cespedes for the Mets’ next three home games against the Yankees in the Subway Series is . . . .who knows?
There appears more certainty that Noah Syndergaard will return to the mound as he continues to progress from a strained ligament in his right index finger. He has been penciled in for Sunday night, pending a successful bullpen session on Friday.
Cespedes has a vote in when he returns, but he hasn’t made his thoughts known to the media, choosing not to comment since going on the disabled list May 14 for a strained right hip flexor. SNY analyst Keith Hernandez took him to task during Tuesday night’s broadcast.
“I’m speculating here but I think there’s no control over what Cespedes wants to do and doesn’t want to do,’’ Hernandez said when asked by Gary Cohen about player accountability on the Mets. “He doesn’t want to talk to the press, you can’t force him. We’ve seen enough, he’s been here enough and he’s clammed up more than once. My feeling is you’re a professional athlete, if you’re in uniform and in the clubhouse, it’s part of the job to mix and answer questions from media. You just can’t say ‘hey I don’t talk to the press when I’m on the DL.’ That does not wash with me.’’
Injuries limited Cespedes to 81 games in 2017 and he has appeared in 37 of 59 this season. Mickey Callaway was asked if any additional medical management is required to get him in the lineup.
“I think that they’ve already done some things in his routines to make sure we can do everything we can from a preventative standpoint,’’ the manager said. “I don’t think you’re always going to be able to prevent everything because you can’t predict what’s going to happen in the game. You know, if he going to have to slide up against the wall or things like that. We’ve already put in place all those things in his routine to keep him as healthy as possible.’’
Callaway said Cespedes’ return requires talking to “a lot of people, get a lot of people’s opinions, one of which will be Ces’s. And then make a good decision that is going to be best for him and our team moving forward.’’
Cespedes was on the field before Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Orioles.
“He just went through his workout, ran the bases, took some fly balls in the outfield,’’ Callaway said. ‘We kind of moved him left and right. He looked really good . . . .He got through today good and we’ll kind of regroup and make a decision for this weekend what’s next for him.
“I think that our performance staff and everybody would have to see him going 100 percent on the bases and out there in the outfield. We know he can get through that at-bat OK, but we need to see him pushing off 100 percent to make sure that he’s really ready to go.’’