Cespedes, facing Jacob deGrom in a simulated game, delivered what would have been a straight field if he had been allowed to lead the bases. But Rojas had previously asked the players not to run.
Cespedes is trying to come back from separate heel surgeries and multiple fractures of the right ankle suffered in an accident on his ranch involving a boar.
“It was a good day today [for Cespedes]Said Rojas. “I want us to continue building on that and our communication with the performance staff will dictate it. It was a positive day to get him out with the other guys, it’s been a while since he’s been on the left field here at Citi Field. “
Amed Rosario and Marcus Stroman appeared for the first time in team training. Rosario was the only member of the starting lineup who did not participate in the morning mock match – he was replaced at shortstop by Andres Gimenez – but worked with another group later in the day.
Tyler Bashlor withdrew the five hitters he faced in the morning simulator game. Team officials tried to get the right-hander to use his curve and his change to prevent the batter from sitting on his fastball.
“He’s a guy with special stuff,” said Rojas. “I’m glad that today he has shown that he is expanding his repertoire and getting to a point where we want him to see that he can not only pump fast balls in there, but he has even more weapons to make the hitters think and unbalance. ”
The right-hander, who posted a 6.95 ERA in 24 games last season with the Mets, is competing for a spot on the bullpen.