Mets centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes says he’s ready to go for the World Series, despite a sore shoulder.
During New York’s pre-World Series media time Saturday, Cespedes told reporters he would be ready to play in Game 1, and that his shoulder was feeling much better. He did not attend Friday’s voluntary workout at Citi Field, but received a cortisone injection this week. Manager Terry Collins told reporters Friday that Cespedes was asked not to take swings in order to rest his shoulder.
Cespedes played a round of golf on the morning of Game 4, but Collins made clear that it was not how he suffered the injury.
“I know you got to have a story about how he did it,” Collins said, according to the New York Daily News. “He didn’t do it playing golf. He didn’t have a bad sand shot or get stuck in the side of a bunker. ... He plays golf every day, almost. … He either did it on a swing, or on a checked swing or something else.”
“I'll be fine by Sunday. If not I'll chop it off and put a new (arm) on,” Cespedes said Thursday.
Cespedes, 30, was acquired by the Mets at the trade deadline and has hit .265 with two homers and seven RBIs in nine playoff games batting cleanup. He will be a free agent after the season.
- Jeremy Woo