PORT ST. LUCIE – Yoenis Cespedes prevented all speak about wild boars Sunday, however in any other case was keen to reply questions from reporters for the primary time this spring.
The Mets outfielder, who final week indicated he wouldn’t converse to the media this season, broke his silence, saying his focus was on the longer term. Cespedes was rehabbing final May from surgical procedure on each heels when he sustained a number of proper ankle fractures throughout an encounter with a wild boar on his ranch, as first reported by The Post. At the time it’s believed Cespedes was releasing the animal from a boar entice he had set.
“I’m not going to talk about the previous,” Cespedes stated. “I dedicated an error and paid the worth for it, however at present I shall be speaking concerning the current and the longer term.”
Cespedes has been figuring out with the staff in spring coaching and indicated his objective is to start taking part in in Grapefruit League video games by mid-March, with the intent of beginning the season with the Mets. The veteran outfielder has missed the final 1 ½ seasons sidelined by illnesses.
In the ultimate 12 months of his contract, Cespedes is assured solely $6 million this season. He initially was slated to earn $29.5 million, however his deal was restructured to keep away from a listening to in entrance of an arbitrator following the incident with the wild boar that would have voided the contract. The new contract accommodates incentives that would increase its worth to $20 million.
“I feel the cash is necessary, however regardless I used to be going to return in with the identical motivation whether or not the cash was the identical or any completely different,” Cespedes stated. “A giant a part of the motivation is the individuals who have been on the market and have been saying that I can’t do it. So I’m going on the market to show that I can.”
Cespedes indicated the surgical procedures to take away calcifications from each heels has been the harder rehab than the ankle fractures. He says he’s been awakening at 5 a.m. daily since September to rehab and obtain therapy.
During the offseason, ESPN’s Eduardo Perez – who was a Mets managerial candidate – indicated he spoke to Cespedes and the outfielder stated if he’s wholesome he can hit 40 homers this season. Cespedes didn’t again away from that notion Sunday.
“I feel if my legs are wholesome, I feel it’s doable,” Cespedes stated. “It’s all depending on my legs. I feel in the case of hitting, that is without doubt one of the issues I’m not apprehensive about, as a result of that is without doubt one of the expertise you always remember.”
Cespedes stated he’s working at 80 p.c. He indicated he’s 90-95 p.c defensively.
“I really feel good. I’m joyful with the progress,” Cespedes stated. “Every day I’m nonetheless working to get higher and higher. It’s not as quick as I would like it to be, however because the season approaches I really feel actually good proper now.”
Asked about his motivation degree, on a scale of 1-10, Cespedes replied: “12.”