Following days of consideration, the Mets decided Wednesday to place Yoenis Cespedeson the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor, retroactive to Monday. Cespedes will be eligible to return May 24.
Injuring his hip in a May 6 game, Cespedes played through the injury, going 5-for-15 with two walks and a home run in five games. On Tuesday, he underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, but the Mets still did not place him on the DL at that time. Only after playing shorthanded in their 12-2 win over the Blue Jays did the team decide to make a move, calling up utilityman Phillip Evans from Triple-A Las Vegas.
"He could have continued to gut it out, continued to play," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We were hoping with the off-day and days like that, the progression would be there at some point, maybe this would go away while he was playing. ... [We decided to] take a different route and make sure that we are cautious with him and get him back to being the Cespedes he can be soon."
In 37 games, Cespedes is batting .255 with eight home runs and a .790 OPS. Evans, who made the Mets' Opening Day roster but appeared in only three games, was batting .254 with nine homers and an .849 OPS in 35 games at Las Vegas.