Once again, the Mets are mishandling a key injury, this time it is Yoenis Cespedes, who has a mild strain of his right hip flexor.
General manager Sandy Alderson called the injury “lingering,’’ and added “at some point, this can’t continue.’’
I appreciate Cespedes trying to play hurt, but that’s an effort better served for September and not for the middle of May, 47 games into the season. Cespedes should have been placed on the 10-day disabled list five days ago. If he had been, he would have missed only four games by now and maybe not any more than seven total.
Cespedes isn’t in tonight’s starting lineup, but could be used as a pinch-hitter if necessary, but that would mean the Mets would lose another day. From the ten days, the Mets have three off days and missed another to rain – assuming tonight isn’t bagged – so they would have gotten off cheap had they done this last week.
The Mets’ medical staff said Cespedes can’t be injured any further, which begs the question: How they really know?
Answer: The don’t.
Cespedes said his hip hasn’t improved since Sunday.
The Mets also misjudged Jacob deGrom’s hyperextended right elbow when they started him Sunday in Philadelphia after one inning. First, they delayed placing him on the disabled list, then they should have pushed him back another couple of days.
In the end, they burned a start.
If they continue to fool around with Cespedes, there’s no telling what they might burn.