Cespedes, Grandy ready to go in Series
KANSAS CITY -- Mets outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson are both ready to start World Series Game 1 after sustaining minor injuries during the National League Championship Series. Infielder Juan Uribe joined those two on the roster, as well.
Cespedes, who left NLCS Game 4 due to left shoulder soreness, vowed at the time that he would rip the joint off and grow a new one if necessary to be ready for the World Series.
"Thank God I don't have to rip my arm off," Cespedes joked Monday, saying he plans to start in the outfield for Game 1 on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, 8 p.m. ET game time).
Cespedes is batting .265 (9-for-34) with two home runs and seven RBIs through nine postseason games this year, exiting in the second inning of Game 4. He received a cortisone shot the following day and took batting practice on Sunday for the first time since the injury.
Asked Monday if he feels 100 percent, Cespedes replied: "110." Both he and manager Terry Collins expressed zero concern over Cespedes' availability.
"He feels great," Collins said. "He feels fine. He's going to hit again today and he's ready to go."
Though Granderson sported a wrap on his jammed left thumb at World Series workout day, he said he actually injured the digit sliding into a base in NLCS Game 3. Granderson played through it in Game 4, finishing 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored, and he said his thumb has only improved since then.
"It feels good," Granderson said. "I played the last game in Chicago with it, the exact same tape that you see right now. Everything's good to go. I'll be ready to play again [Tuesday]."
In 44 regular-season games with the Mets, Uribe hit .219 with six home runs. He is the only Mets player with World Series experience, winning rings with the White Sox in 2005 and the Giants in '10.