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The Mets are Metsing it up about an injury once again


The Mets have a long and rich history of weirdness when it comes to player injuries.

They have had multiple players play through injuries. They have refused to use the disabled list the way most teams do, often running guys out there who are hurt or, if they can’t run out there, playing shorthanded. No matter what they actually do with injured players, they are notoriously opaque when it comes to communicating about injuries, both internally and with the media.

Which brings us to Yoenis Cespedes‘ wrist. The Mets star outfielder was scratched from a game due to a sore wrist yesterday. He was given a cortisone shot on it and is considered day to day. A pretty standard minor spring training injury, yes?

Not if you’re the Mets.

Anthony DiComo of reports that Cespedes’ wrist injury occurred while swinging in last Tuesday’s game, but despite that, he’s played three times since then, with them just determining that the injury was severe enough to need cortisone and that he needed to sit yesterday. What’s more, DiComo says, Cespedes underwent x-rays this morning, but that Mets manager Mickey Callaway was unaware of it until afterward.

How does DiComo know this? Cesepdes told him in an interview this morning. At least for a minute and a half, because the Mets cut off his interview after 90 seconds.

Still two weeks of spring training left but the Mets are already in midseason form.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.