The New York Mets said on Monday that Yoenis Cespedes will miss the remainder of this season due to a strained right hamstring.
The slugger, who was put on the team’s 10-day disabled list Saturday, was given an MRI Monday that confirmed the strain.
With a timeline for recovery of approximately six weeks and New York not contending for a postseason berth, the injury ends the season for the outfielder.
Cespedes, who is 31, played in only 81 games during the season because of various injuries batting .292 with 17 homers and 42 RBIs.
Bad news was received by the Mets as well about David Wright their veteran third baseman. Wright has been rehabbing in his attempt to return from neck surgery of last year for herniation of a cervical disk.
However, Wright said through a prepared statement the team released on Monday that after he had played a couple of games, he continued to have pain in his shoulder, so he decided to return to see his doctors and have it checked.
He added that decisions will be made after he sees his doctors.
The Mets captain, who is 34 and last played for the team in May of 2016, is scheduled to be examined later in the week by doctors in New York.
Manager Terry Collins said he hopes Wright can continue playing, which is key for him
New York was positive in other updates on starting pitchers that have been hit with injuries. Noah Syndergaard, who has an injured lat muscle is scheduled for a Wednesday bullpen session. Matt Harvey, who has shoulder issues, is expected to start for the Mets on Friday when they play Houston.
Michael Conforto, the 24-year old Mets slugger, had his shoulder examined on Monday. It is not known if following all the exams, whether Conforto’s dislocated shoulder will need surgery to be corrected.
On Monday, the team said the slugger would also be getting a second opinion. It is not known if Conforto will return this season or not, and much will depend upon what the second opinion he is getting says.
Conforto and Cespedes are the only two sluggers on the team after trading a first baseman who can hit the ball hard and unsure if Wright will ever return to third, let alone have the power he used to possess.
Adding a hard-hitting outfielder or infielder will be amongst the Mets biggest goals during the winter break.