Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Monday’s game against the Cubs with a sore left heel, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Cespedes lined out to center field to end the bottom of the fifth inning and did not take his position to start the top of the sixth.
Cespedes, 31, was activated from the disabled list on Saturday. He had missed the previous six weeks with hamstring and quad injuries. He impressed in his first game back, slugging a grand slam, but it was obvious that he was still experiencing lower half discomfort circling the bases.
With only 81 plate appearances on the season, Cespedes is batting .275/.370/.638 with seven home runs and 14 RBI. The Mets certainly hope Monday’s injury issue is only minor.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.