Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Shoulder 'not 100 percent' but will play Game 1

KANSAS CITY -- New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes reported improvement with his ailing left shoulder. Still, he will not be fully healthy when he starts Game 1 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

"I feel much better. I'm not 100 percent, but I know I'll be ready for Tuesday," Cespedes told ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera on Sunday. "The cortisone shot relieved the pain and inflammation. But even if I'm not 100 percent, I am certain I will play on Tuesday.

"The doctor told me my AC joint is a bit swollen, and that's why it hurt. It happens to many athletes, but it is not a serious injury, and will heal quickly."

Cespedes could not lift his left arm when he departed Wednesday's National League Championship Series clincher against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning. He received a cortisone injection in New York a day later.

He took batting practice with teammates Sunday in Kansas City.

Cespedes reiterated that the injury was unrelated to golfing in suburban Chicago the morning of Game 4 of the NLCS.

"The first question the doctor asked me after leaving the game was if I had been doing push-ups. I never like to do push-ups, but the visiting clubhouse in Chicago has no gym, so those two days I did push-ups," he said. "This has nothing to do with playing golf. As you know, this year, and when I was with Oakland last year, I played golf almost every day before games, and I never got injured."

Cespedes indicated that he feels "very relaxed" ahead of playing in his first World Series.

"I have to approach it as a game like any other game -- certainly with more media and fans, but it's just another game from my point of view," he said. "Going to the World Series is the greatest thing that can happen to a baseball player, but my approach is that it's just another game, and I see it that way -- just go out there and have fun."

He touted the Mets as the favorites to win the World Series.

"Kansas City is a tremendous team, relentless, and they fight until the very last out, but they have not faced pitchers like the ones we have in our rotation," Cespedes said.