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Yoenis Cespedes | Outfielder | #52

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/18/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
The home run put the Mets ahead in the seventh inning but the Cardinals came back to win in the ninth. Cespedes has been banged up lately and missed some games, but he looked good tonight. He is slashing a whopping .297/.367/.566 but his counting stats have not been quite as pretty. He has 22 home runs, 49 runs and 58 RBI. His weak-hitting teammates haven't given him the support he needs to score and drive in runs. Jul 27 - 11:03 PM

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Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera will also take a seat against Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks. Michael Conforto is starting in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field in the afternoon game at Wrigley Field.
Jul 20 - 11:34 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins plans to talk to Yoenis Cespedes about whether it's a good idea for him to play center field on Tuesday.

Collins said that Cespedes moved cautiously while playing left field on Monday, so he might not want to push it with his recent quad injury. The original plan called for Michael Conforto to make the start in left field on Tuesday and slide Cespedes back over to center field, but that could change now. Stay tuned.
Jul 18 - 10:49 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Yoenis Cespedes will play center field on Tuesday.

Cespedes prefers to play left field, partially to protect his recent quad injury, but he'll slide over to center field on Tuesday in order to go Michael Conforto's bat in the lineup. However, the Mets don't plan to make this a regular thing. Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Monday that Conforto could see time in center field now that he's back from the minors. That's not an ideal alignment.
Jul 18 - 4:27 PM

Yoenis Cespedes said he'd prefer to stay in left field for the remainder of the season.

He's spent most of the year in center but returned to the lineup as a left fielder on Sunday. Cespedes won the AL Gold Glove as a left fielder last season so he has plenty of experience at the position. Left field is certainly the less taxing of the two spots and Cespedes said his quad is only about 80-90 percent right now. If Cespedes becomes a permanent fixture in left field, it will be good news for Juan Lagares and Alejandro De Aza but bad news for Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson, who have been used exclusively on the corners this year.
Jul 18 - 8:29 AM

Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is back in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

It will be his first start in over a week due to a strained quad. He's in left field and batting third. Travis d'Arnaud is sitting out for the Mets Sunday, as Rene Rivera is doing the catching.
Jul 17 - 12:35 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Yoenis Cespedes (quad) was available to pinch-hit on Saturday.

Collins said he would have considered using Cespedes if the Mets had brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning. Just as he did Saturday, Cespedes will test out his hamstring before Sunday's game. Even if Cespedes doesn't return to the starting lineup on Sunday, he should be available off the bench.
Jul 16 - 10:58 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is not in the Mets' lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

It's his fourth straight absence. Cespedes did test out his hamstring before the game but obviously the Mets felt he needed another day. Juan Lagares will hold down the fort in center field and bat eighth against Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. If Cespedes doesn't show improvement soon, he could be headed to the 15-day DL.
Jul 16 - 6:16 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is out of the Mets' starting lineup again on Friday.

Cespedes hasn't played since last Friday due to a right quad strain. And if he doesn't show improvement over the next 24 hours, a 15-day disabled list stint will probably be coming. Juan Lagares is in center field on Friday night against the Phillies.
Jul 15 - 3:47 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (quad) remained out of the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Cespedes had already been ruled out for the All-Star Game, so his unavailability Sunday seemed like a formality. The hope is that he'll be ready to return from his quad strain at the start of the second half. Juan Lagares is in center field Sunday.
Jul 10 - 10:26 AM

Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is not in the Mets' lineup Saturday against the Nationals.

Cespedes has already been replaced by Starling Marte on the NL All-Star roster, which suggests he won't be available at all this weekend. The last time Cespedes dealt with a quad strain he missed about 4-5 days. It's fair to assume this injury will sideline him for a similar amount of time. Alejandro De Aza will take his place in center field and bat ninth Saturday against Nats right-hander Max Scherzer.
Jul 9 - 5:32 PM

Yoenis Cespedes said after Friday's game that he dealt with a similar quad strain while in Detroit and missed 4-to-5 days.

He expects the same time frame this time around and hopes to be ready to return to action following the All-Star break. Of course that means he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the weekend and looks as if he'll miss the Mid-Summer Classic as well.
Jul 8 - 11:28 PM

Yoenis Cespedes was forced to leave Friday's game against the Nationals after three innings due to a right quad strain.

It's somewhat concerning that the team didn't term the injury a mild quad strain, but we'll have to wait until he's re-evaluated to determine the full extent of the injury. It's unclear how he sustained the injury, though he did dive for a ball in shallow center field earlier in the contest.
Jul 8 - 9:17 PM

Yoenis Cespedes launched a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

Cespedes took Wei-Yin Chen out to left field in the fourth inning to get the scoring going. He also drew a walk and singled, picking up two of the Mets' four base knocks on the night. Cespedes has his batting line up to a blistering .304/.371/.589 and has gone deep 21 times.
Jul 5 - 10:36 PM

Yoenis Cespedes hit his 19th home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Cespedes took Cubs starter John Lackey deep in the sixth inning for a solo shot. His 19 home runs are tied for fourth-most in the National League, and he's got 46 RBI and 41 runs scored as well. The 30-year-old is hitting .288/.357/.562 in 72 games this year.
Jun 30 - 11:46 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1David Wright
2Wilmer Flores
LF1Brandon Nimmo
2Alejandro De Aza
3Kelly Johnson
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Steven Matz
4Bartolo Colon
5Logan Verrett
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Antonio Bastardo
7Erik Goeddel
8Seth Lugo
9Jenrry Mejia