NEW YORK -- On paper, at least, Tuesday's lineup was good news for the Mets: Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud were penciled onto the card after a combined seven games on the bench. Realistically, however, Cespedes was never likely to play -- not in the rainy and windy conditions that
NEW YORK -- On paper, at least, Tuesday's lineup was good news for the Mets: Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud were penciled onto the card after a combined seven games on the bench. Realistically, however, Cespedes was never likely to play -- not in the rainy and windy conditions that ultimately postponed Wednesday's game.
It was a decision the Mets never needed to make, thanks to a postponement that came at a strategically good time for them. The rainout gave Cespedes another day to rest his tight left hamstring; he should be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.
d'Arnaud has not started since Wednesday due to a right wrist contusion.
"To get both of those guys back is going to be big," manager Terry Collins said. "All of a sudden, you're two guys closer to having your regular lineup out there."
The Mets have seen a plethora of position players miss time with injuries over the past week, including Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores, but the returns of Cespedes and d'Arnaud will take them closer to full strength Wednesday.
Cespedes sat out the Mets' weekend sweep at the hand of the Nationals due to his leg injury, robbing the Mets of his .263 average, 1.008 OPS, six home runs and 10 RBIs in 16 games. Though rain prevented Cespedes from testing his hamstring on the field Tuesday, he performed exercises in the weight room while trainers watched.
"It was good enough for the trainers and the medical staff," Collins said.
d'Arnaud pinch-hit in four games after his injury, but was not cleared to catch until Tuesday due to a bruise that hampered his ability to throw from behind home plate. He is batting .244 with an .814 OPS through 16 games.
"I'll be fine," d'Arnaud said of his injury.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.