New York Mets star Yoenis Cespedes has been ruled out for the remainder of the MLB season.
The Mets shut down their $110million outfielder on Monday after Cespedes suffered his second hamstring injury of the season against the Washington Nationals on Friday.
Cespedes, who also missed time this season with a quad injury, finished 2017 with a .292/.352/.540 slash line in 81 games.
He is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, and the Mets hope other injured players can resume to full health as the club looks to return to the World Series.
Injuries have been a massive problem for the Mets this season with Steven Matz (elbow), Seth Lugo (elbow), Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb), David Wright (shoulder), Jeurys Familia (shoulder) and Noah Syndergaard (shoulder) having missed significant time. The latter two players have come with severe criticism as both pitchers were cleared to throw, likely exacerbating their injuries.
Now Zack Wheeler (arm) and Michael Conforto (shoulder) are down for the count on a roster unfamiliar to the 2015 National League (NL) pennant-winning squad.
Wright, who has not played a big league game this season, had his rehabilitation assignment terminated Monday after he again experienced shoulder pain. He will be re-examined in New York later this week, further muddying not only his season but his injury-filled career.