The New York Mets were missing a key piece of their offense all season as Yoenis Cespedes was out due to injury. Could he be returning in 2020?
The optimism was flourishing for New York Mets fans in regards to their team’s growth last season. The team fell short of the playoffs again but flashed glimmers of hope for successful seasons to come. A few possible wins were left to be desired due to the lack of run support and missing key players.
Yoenis Cespedes was injured in bizarre fashion last season, unable to appear in a single game. He was once the power bat in the middle of the lineup that changed games with a single swing of the bat. Mets fans will never forget his immediate impact in 2015, leading the team to a World Series appearance.
The recent video posted by former Mets player and current Minor League coach Endy Chavez shows Cespedes ahead of his rehab schedule in batting practice. The thought is that Cespedes wouldn’t be available for the last season in his contract and could be an insurance exception for the Mets’ front office.
The video came after Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen held a press conference stating it was too early to speak on Cespedes’s condition.
"”Too early to tell. At this point, Ces is rehabbing,” Van Wagenen said. “We’ll obviously evaluate his health and performance as we get closer.”And again: “We’ll take it day by day. As you guys have heard us talk about injuries in the past, it’s impossible to predict the future. So we’ll wait and see.”And finally: “To be clear, I do not have enough information to predict when he’s going to be back.”"
The Mets need to bring Cespedes back and solidify the lineup once he is healthy. If he’s anything close to what he was before the injuries them, the Mets could be back in a contenders position in 2020. Cespedes may have to look into a change in position or could be primarily used as a special pinch hitter late in games.