News: 2 days agoManager Luis Rojas said Friday that Cespedes (ankle) reached sprint speed during his workouts in quarantine, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Spin: GM Brodie Van Wagenen said early in the week he was "optimistic" about Cespedes being ready for Opening Day in late July, but few specifics were provided at the time. The 34-year-old has yet to arrive to the team facility, so Rojas said they'll have to wait to see him in person before potentially clearing him for full-speed baserunning. Cespedes had been taking live batting practice and shagging fly balls prior to the shutdown in March, but he had yet to begin running the bases. He's appeared in only 38 games since the start of 2018 due to an ankle fracture and heel surgeries, so once healthy he figures to be a major beneficiary of the universal designated hitter for the shortened season.