Steve August 2, 2020

New York Mets star Yoenis Céspedes has not reported to the ballpark for Sunday’s game in Atlanta, the team’s General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said.

“As of game time, Yoenis Céspedes has not reported to the ballpark today,” Van Wagenen said in the statement Sunday afternoon. “He did not reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Our attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful.”

An article posted on the official MLB website said that “word from the Mets was that the team, as of Sunday afternoon, had no reason to believe Céspedes’ safety is at risk.”

Céspedes, 43, originally from Cuba, is an outfielder for the Mets, and has been on the team since 2015. He missed the entire 2019 season because of injury, but returned for the 2020 season. In his first game back in July against the Atlanta Braves, Céspedes hit a home run.

NBC News was not immediately able to reach the Mets or the MLB Players Association for comment.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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Ben Kesslen is a reporter for NBC News. 

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