After playing for the first time in a week on Monday, New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes is ready for the season to start.
“I felt great — it was great to be back on the field in a game,” Cespedes said in a statement through a team public relations official, per Mike Puma of the New York Post. “I plan on playing [Tuesday].”
Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a single in six innings as the Houston Astros beat the Mets 2-0 on Monday. This spring he is hitting .269 with three home runs. The slugger had been sidelined with soreness in his right wrist and received a cortisone shot last week. He also battled shoulder soreness earlier in camp.
“I know I spent the whole offseason doing nothing athletically,” he told Puma. “But I know when I came back and showed up in spring training there were a couple of things [aches and pains] that were supposed to happen.”
However, the slugger isn’t worried about his shoulder. He is worried taking care of his body as injuries limited him to 81 games last year.
“My shoulder I wasn’t worried about because that happens every year,” he said. “But I am worried about my body. I want to take care of my body, but so far my body feels good.”
New York was sixth in the league in games missed by players due to injury last year, according to Nathan Currier of mangameslost.com. From 2010 through last year the Mets had the second-most impact by injuries on their team.
They’re going to need to stay relatively healthy if they have any hope of contending in 2018. Thankfully, it appears that Cespedes, just like the fans, are ready for the season to begin.