July 21, 2018 / 3:48 AM / 5 months ago

Mets activate OF Cespedes from DL, to DH vs. Yankees

The New York Mets activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes prior to Friday’s game at the New York Yankees.

Mar 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 5th inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 14 due to a hip flexor. He will bat second as the Mets’ designated hitter Friday night.

The club also announced the recall of right-hander Drew Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas, while optioning infielder Dominic Smith and right-hander Corey Oswalt to the same club.

Cespedes is batting .255 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 37 games with the Mets this season.

During his recent rehab stint, Cespedes played first base in addition to his normal left field. Mets manager Mickey Callaway indicated that the 32-year-old Cespedes may see time at first base over the rest of the season to help the stress on his often-injured legs.

“One of the thoughts about first base is that he’s going to stay hot the whole game because he’s moving around all the time,” Callaway told reporters before Friday’s game. “There’s not that component of standing out in left field for five, six minutes and all of a sudden having to sprint 30 yards and dive and make a catch. So we’re really trying to determine that, to make sure that’s the best spot for him.”

Dominic Smith was batting just .183 with one homer and one RBI in 28 games for the Mets.

Oswalt was 0-2 with 5.64 ERA in five appearances (four starts) for the Mets.

Drew Smith allowed one run and four hits in three relief appearances for New York earlier this season. He was 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 25 appearances (one start) at Las Vegas.

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