The Mets released a concerning statement on their star slugger, Yoenis Cespedes, who did not show up to the ballpark for their Sunday afternoon game in Atlanta.
“As of game time, Yoenis Céspedes has not reported to the ballpark today,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “He did not reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Our attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful.”
One concerned social media user wrote: “Do the Mets call the Atlanta police? What’s the protocol for a missing professional athlete during a pandemic?”
He was not listed in the original lineup for Sunday’s game, which began at 1:10 p.m. ET.
Cespedes had been out of the lineup for almost two years before Opening Day of the pandemic-shortened season due to a string of injuries to his feet and legs. He had served as the Mets’ designated hitter in eight games this season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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