Cespedes shined in his return, but the leg issues that he has dealt with could be far from over. The slugger stated that his leg problems could be caused from heel issues, which would require surgery. That surgery would then lead to an 8-10 month recovery time, so there is not yet word on if or when he will go through with that. The outfielder also admitted that he wasn't sure if he would be able to make it through the rest of the season.
Yankees starter Domingo German was roughed up again, giving up four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings for his sixth loss, which sent him to the minors immediately after the game. The Yankees' loss dropped them 5.5-games back in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox, who shut out the Detroit Tigers, 1-0, on Friday. That is New York's largest deficit since April 23rd.
The Mets had to hold off an attempted Yankees' rally late, but did not have their normal closer, Jeurys Familia as an option. The reliever was held back due to serious trade talks that could send him to the Oakland Athletics. Instead, the Mets went with Robert Gsellman, who worked two innings to earn his fifth save of the year.
Another potential piece of trade bait in Asdrubal Cabrera also provided some production with an RBI double off of German, as the Mets have now split the four games against their in-state rivals this year. They have two more games left in the Bronx this weekend.