PORT ST. LUCIE — Yoenis Cespedes’ progression this spring is satisfying team officials, but the rehabbing outfielder has not been deemed ready for Grapefruit League action, which commences Saturday for the Mets.
“I think it was a really big week for [Cespedes], he is advancing,” manager Luis Rojas said Friday. “He is progressing, and he’s doing things every day that impress you.”
Cespedes, who has spent the past 1 ½ seasons sidelined, rehabbing from surgery on both heels and multiple ankle fractures sustained during an encounter with a wild boar on his Florida ranch, took live batting practice during the week. He also participated in outfield drills, but at this point is limited to running in a straight line, according to Rojas.
Cespedes also has been participating in throwing drills, including heaves to home plate.
“He’s basically going through the schedule, let’s say at like 75 percent of it, 80 percent of it from what everybody else is going, so that’s big news for us,” Rojas said, adding that a timeline for Cespedes’ return to the field hasn’t been established. “He’s got to go through this progression…