Yoenis Cespedes performed his first video game in the outfield in additional than two several years when he started out in still left in the Mets’ 6- reduction to the Yankees in an exhibition match in The Bronx on Sunday night time.
But the closest the slugger acquired to a ball was when he watched Aaron Judge’s blast go into the seats in remaining. Cespedes, by layout, only played three innings.
Continue to, the Mets stay encouraged by what they’ve observed from the 34-calendar year-previous, who is coming off many foot surgical procedures.
And that was even genuine on the Decide house operate.
“The fall action likely again that he did tonight — regretably the ball went more than the wall — but it appeared purely natural for me,’’ supervisor Luis Rojas said.
Future time, maybe Cespedes will truly get a ball strike to him.
“We come to feel cozy with him out there,’’ Rojas mentioned. “That’s why he was out there for the innings that he was. Not finding a probability [Sunday] will just take us to an additional level in which he may possibly play a few more innings subsequent time.”
The Mets have three intrasquad video games scheduled before they open the normal season Friday versus the Braves in Queens.
“Right now, our hope is to perform him on the two finishes,’’ Rojas stated of Cespedes’ skill to hit and perform the field.
“We talked about his progression jogging the bases,’’ Rojas explained. “We noticed him try to leg out an infield single [Saturday]. Which is a good taste of one thing he has not carried out for a while. Related to that is what we want to see with some odds in still left subject.”
Rojas wishes Cespedes to get analyzed in the outfield with schedule factors like calling off a teammate for a fly ball.
So far, Cespedes has been minimal to mostly demonstrating off his agility in scrimmages, drills and other managed environments. Shortly, there will be fewer possibility for people probabilities.
“Right now, I’m astonished with what he’s capable to do,’’ Rojas reported.