Cespedes ready to begin running program

Slugger could be about one week from rejoining Mets

Cespedes ready to begin running program

PHOENIX -- Yoenis Cespedes, whose left hamstring strain has lingered for the better part of a month, could be ready to return to the Mets in approximately one week.

Cespedes is due to begin a running program this week -- likely Tuesday, according to Mets assistant general manager John Ricco. That should last five to six days, at which point Cespedes and the Mets will huddle to decide if he needs a Minor League rehab game or two. Barring any setbacks, Cespedes will be ready to return to the Mets around that time, because he has been taking regular at-bats in extended spring workouts.

"He'll tell us as much as we'll tell him when he's ready to come back and feels like he could play," Ricco said.

One of the Mets' most productive hitters in April, Cespedes was batting .270 with six home runs in 18 games before straining his left hamstring on April 27. He had been dealing with hamstring tightness for several days before suffering the tear.

Among the Mets' other injury updates:

• Starting pitchers Steven Matz and Seth Lugo, both recovering from elbow injuries, are scheduled to begin Minor League rehab assignments on Thursday for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The Mets remain hopeful that both pitchers can return from the disabled list by the end of May.

• Catcher Travis d'Arnaud has been swinging off a tee but has not taken full batting practice in his rehab from a bone bruise in his right wrist. There is no timetable for his return.

• Third baseman David Wright is spending his days in New York working regularly with Mets physical therapists. The Mets have no imminent plans for him to begin a throwing program, which remains his most significant obstacle in returning from back, neck and shoulder issues.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.