But Cespedes’s frequent trips to the disabled list — he appeared in just 81 games last season largely because of hamstring issues — have apparently begun to wear on Callaway and General Manager Sandy Alderson.
Alderson has expressed surprise at how long Cespedes’s recovery from his latest injury was taking, and suggested the Mets might be “too cautious” in their approach to injuries.
Cespedes has a contract that pays him $29 million a season through 2020, and Alderson, in comments almost 10 days ago, seemed to question the wisdom of the Mets’ decision — actually, his decision — to sign him to a four-year, $110 million contract after the 2016 season.
“Some people are more susceptible to injuries than others,” Alderson said. “Maybe you could say, ‘Well, gee, susceptible to injury, shouldn’t that have entered into some decision in the past?’ And the answer to that would be yes, in all probability. That all gets taken into account.”
Cespedes originally sustained the hip injury in a May 6 game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. He returned to the lineup the next day and played in five more games before going on the disabled list on May 14.
“I think that when he initially went on the disabled list, it was to knock this completely out so he could come back and be the healthy player that he wants to be,” Callaway said.
But Cespedes reaggravated the injury after hitting a double in his second at-bat with Class AA Binghamton on Saturday.