Mets to star CF: Golf while injured 'bad optics'

Ross Houston
August 8, 2016

Many have speculated whether or not the New York Yankees would cut ties with Alex Rodriguez, who is making $27 million this season.

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann, left, talks tostarting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in New York.

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Cespedes injured the quadriceps on July 8, and he has been in and out of the lineup for the past month.

The MLB Network's Kevin Millar uploaded a picture of himself with Cespedes after a round of golf on Wednesday afternoon, hours before Cespedes would leave a game in the ninth inning after the quad issue flared up.

The Mets and Yankees split the four game Subway Series, with each team winning one game in the other's ballpark. The last time the Mets seemed headed for a run that resembled anything from the last two months of 2015 was June 30-July 7 when they won seven of eight to get to 47-38 and three games out of first place.

"There's a relationship and I truly care about him". "So I think it's a real positive move for us and I think, hopefully, as we kinda smooth things out after tomorrow night, we'll start to see some effects from it".

The Mets recalled outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Class AAA Las Vegas to fill Cespedes' roster spot.

And now the Mets' leadership - starting with Collins, starting with Sandy Alderson - must ask themselves if maybe it wouldn't have been worth a serious chat in the past few days, asking their offensive centerpiece to maybe put the clubs away while his leg was still howling. "But that message will get to him at least circuitously and probably directly". "But it's still the same guy", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Collins said the team wanted to let the injury “quiet down” before resuming baseball activities.

"The golf is bad optics, let's just start there", said the Mets GM, according to a report from the Bergen Record. "Hopefully at the end of two weeks he'll be back and hopefully 100 percent or close to it, and we'll go from there".

Indians 9, Twins 2: Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer, Francisco Lindor added a two-run shot and Cleveland salvaged the finale of a four-game series with Minnesota.

Sanchez started as designated hitter for the second day in a row and had his second big league hit, this one a double that set up Hicks' RBI single.

In Wednesday's 9-5 defeat, Bruce struck out looking with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning and it helped kill a rally, but he came through this time.

PHILLIES: Manager Pete Mackanin said 22-year-old right-hander Jake Thompson will make his first big league start Saturday at San Diego.

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