Yoenis Cespedes expects to be ready for Game 1 of the World Series
Yoenis Cespedes did not participate in Saturday’s team workout at Citi Field, presumably due to continued soreness in his left shoulder.
But Cespedes was on the field with his teammates, and said afterwards he is feeling much better than he did before his cortisone injection, and expects to be ready to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals on Tuesday night in Kansas City.
As far as his role is concerned, Cespedes said he would prefer not to serve as the club’s designated hitter, even if his shoulder is not 100 percent healthy. He said he does not feel like he’s a part of the game if he is in that role.
With a righty-heavy pitching staff, Cespedes would presumably play in center field, flanked by Michael Conforto in left field and Curtis Granderson in right field. His throwing would not be affected by the injury, since his discomfort is in his left shoulder.
Cespedes exited Game 4 of the NLCS in the second inning after drawing a key walk in the first inning and striking out in the second inning. He told Terry Collins at the time he could not lift his shoulder.