Luis Rojas was optimistic and Michael Conforto was flat-out effusive, lavishing praise upon his teammate.
It’s just two days into spring training 2.0, but Yoenis Cespedes already has the Mets believing he can make a major impact in this abbreviated 60-game season.
“He looks like a monster,” a smiling Conforto said on Saturday on a Zoom call from Citi Field. “He looks like he’s motivated. He looks like he’s in shape. I’ve seen some of the stuff he was doing to get himself ready, some videos of him working out at his ranch, the guy is definitely hungry.”
Cespedes, who missed all of last season and most of 2018 multiple leg injuries, regularly took live batting practice and caught fly balls in the outfield during shortened spring training. Rojas received positive reports that he was sprinting during the COVID-19 layoff, offering hope of a return to action. On Friday and Saturday, Cespedes took part in light workouts without any limitations.
The first-year manager cautioned that in the days to come there will be more tests for Cespedes as workouts increase in intensity and he has to prove capable of running the bases. So far,…