New York — Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes received a cortisone injection in his sore left shoulder, and the team expects him to be ready for the World Series next week.
Cespedes left Wednesday night’s National League Championship Series finale at Chicago in the second inning. The slugger had the injection Thursday and was told not to participate in baseball activities for 24 hours, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. Cespedes did not attend Friday’s workout at Citi Field.
“We’ve got it taken care of,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “The doctors, they said, look, he’ll be OK, and so tomorrow we’ll find out.”
Collins said he didn’t ask how Cespedes got hurt. Hitting coach Kevin Long said Cespedes thought he did it doing push-ups.
“He didn’t do it playing golf. He didn’t have a bad sand shot or didn’t get stuck in the side of a bunker,” Collins said.
Cespedes was traded to the Mets from the Tigers at the trade deadline in July.
Mariners hire manager
The Mariners hired former big league catcher Scott Servais as their manager, giving the job to someone with ties to the new front office but no experience running a team.
Servais, 48, replaces Lloyd McClendon, a former Tigers coach who was fired this month after Seattle went 76-86.
Servais will be formally introduced by the team next week.
He has worked the past five seasons as an assistant general manager for the Angels and worked alongside
Jerry Dipoto for most of that time. Dipoto resigned as Angels general manager July 1.
Around the horn
Ten weeks after being diagnosed with cancer, Red Sox manager John Farrell was given a clean bill of health by his doctors and was cleared to resume regular activities to the extent his body will allow.
“The news … is a huge relief to me,” Farrell said during a conference call with reporters one day after Red Sox officials announced his cancer was in remission. “It beat me up a little bit physically, but right now I’m feeling pretty darn good.”
Farrell, 53, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Aug. 14 and immediately took a leave of absence from the team. Bench coach Torey Lovullo took over in his absence, managing the team to a 28-20 record the rest of the way.
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced on the final day of the season Farrell would be back next year. Lovullo was convinced to forgo a chance to manage elsewhere to remain as bench coach.
“It says a lot about Torey’s commitment here,” Farrell said.
... The Phillies finished the season in the cellar. But that didn’t keep the Phanatic from engaging in some rooftop shenanigans.
The beloved team mascot rappelled 31 stories down the face of a skyscraper. That’s a 418-foot drop.
The event was a fundraiser for the Outward Bound School, which offers outdoor programs aimed at building character and leadership skills.
Organizers say the goal was for 100 people to rappel during the all-day event.
Four rope lines dangled from the One Logan Square office building as a small crowd cheered in a courtyard.
... The Marlins have considerable interest in hiring former Yankees star Don Mattingly as their next manager, and Mattingly has interest in the Marlins after parting ways with the Dodgers this week, multiple sources told The Miami Herald.
Mattingly, 54, has emerged as the front-runner and the Marlins are expected to initiate discussions in the next few days. It's premature to say Mattingly-to-the-Marlins definitely will happen, because the sides haven't had a meeting yet and it's unclear if Mattingly will have other options.