On Friday, while Yoenis Cespedes was running the bases for St. Lucie Class A rehab game he suffered soreness in the right quad which will set back his return date with the New York Mets.
Cespedes is now scheduled to take his first live at-bats on Tuesday and will return to the Port St. Lucie team complex until he is cleared to play, said officials from the Mets organization.
One member of the Mets baseball operations said Cespedes was day to day and would have to test his quad on Tuesday and see the extend of any injury at that time.
Over the weekend, Terry Collins the manager for the Mets said his slugger should be able to play his second rehab contest on Saturday, but Cespedes was not on the lineup card and did not play during the game.
Late Saturday night, Mets officials announced that Cespedes experienced discomfort but no possible issues had been mentioned just hours earlier by Collins.
On Friday, while playing for six innings for St. Lucie in left field, Cespedes walked and scored a run, but did not collect a hit.
Collins said Mets officials had told him that Cespedes swung well and that he was anxious to return on Saturday, but that never came to be.
Cespedes battled issues with his quad last year. At one point his strained quad put him on the Mets’ disabled list, but this trip his recent stint was due to end and he was expected to play against Milwaukee in their upcoming series this week.
Collins will speak to all his outfielders when Cespedes returns and will explain how he plans to divide the playing time.
It is expected that Curtis Granderson will move to a role on the bench with Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto starting.
Collins said when Cespedes returns he will want to play in every game but the team cannot afford to have him sidelined for another month therefore he will be getting periods of time off.
The Mets announced that newly promoted Tyler Pill would start Tuesday against the Brewers. The only options the team has on the roster are either pill or Josh Smoker.
Rehabbing starters Seth Lugo and Steven Matz are not yet ready to make a start since both made starts in their rehab on Sunday.
Pill debuted on Saturday with the Mets and gave up one run in just 2/3 of an inning, but could start on Tuesday.