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Mets scratched Yoenis Cespedes with a sore right hip

A hip injury kept Cespedes from playing today.

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from Saturday afternoon's lineup shortly before game time with a sore right hip. He is currently listed as day-to-day. Cespedes was originally slated to start in left field and bat third against the Miami Marlins, but he was replaced by Michael Conforto, who got an unexpected start against a left-handed pitcher as a result.

Upper-leg injuries have been a bit of an issue for Cespedes this season, beginning with a similar soreness in his hip that kept the Cuban slugger out of a spring training game in March. On April 13, Cespedes bruised his right thigh diving into the left field stands at Citi Field attempting to catch a foul ball. The thigh injury not only caused Cespedes to miss several games in April, but for a while, it limited his ability and willingness to slide on the basepaths.

Despite health concerns and a recent slump, Cespedes has been one of the most prolific power bats in the National League over the first nine weeks of the season with 15 home runs, 37 RBIs, and a .597 slugging percentage.