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Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes plays golf, lands on DL (and we don’t mean Davis Love)

August 04, 2016

What’s all this talk about Yoenis Cespedes’ quad? Did he make a quadruple bogey in his round of golf on Wednesday?

In a sense, yes. Cespedes, the New York Mets’ star outfielder and an avid golfer, has been nursing an a strained right quad muscle, yet he could be seen swinging for the fences in a round of golf at Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y. This Instagram video was posted by former player Kevin Millar, now an analyst for MLB Network.

And Wednesday night, the Mets placed him on the 15-day disabled list. The optics, as they say, are bad. Note this Tweet from @DickYoungsGhost:

The media, in keeping with the golf theme, teed off on him. Here’s Mike Vaccaro in the New York Post:

“Cespedes had already begged off playing center field because he was already worried plenty about blowing the quad out completely. But he wasn’t willing to sacrifice bombing away off the tee? Shouldn’t there have been a certain amount of responsibility to the team paying him $27 million this year?

“And shouldn’t somebody have pointed this all out to him? One of his bosses? Assuming he still sees them as bosses?

“No, golf didn’t cause this. Golf didn’t send the Mets’ season sailing down the elevator shaft Wednesday night. But golf sure didn’t help. We keep wondering what might be able to save the Mets season. Turns out, a dollop of common sense might have been the missing ingredient. Too late. Too bad.”

Sandy Alderson, the Mets general manager, “joked about Cespedes using a golf cart to round the bases Wednesday night,” Kristie Ackert wrote in the New York Daily News.