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Yoesnis Cespedes hit by pitch on hand, leaves Mets' game early

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The slugger's left hand was hit by a pitch in Philadelphia.

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Yoenis Cespedes left tonight's game against the Phillies after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the top of the third inning. Phillies pitcher Justin De Fratus, who came into the game because the Mets scored five runs against Phillies starter Alec Asher.

Since joining the Mets at the trade deadline, Cespedes has been one of the best hitters in baseball. Coming into the game, Cespedes had hit .275/.320/.530 with 17 home runs in 239 plate appearances for the Mets. He was one of several hitters who raked as the Mets overtook the Nationals in the National League East and clinched the team's first division title since 2006.

The Mets will presumably have an update on Cespedes's hand this evening. Here's hoping the x-rays come back negative and Cespedes won't miss significant time. The Mets' playoff lineup would obviously look a lot better with Cespedes in it.