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Mets targeting Thursday return for Yoenis Cespedes

New York will probably score more runs with its best hitter in the lineup.

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The Mets’ offense has not been good these days, but it might get a little better if Yoenis Cespedes were to return to the lineup. The star outfielder has been on the disabled list since August 4 with a quadriceps injury, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be out of action for too much longer.

The plan is for Cespedes to play designated hitter during a rehab assignment in Port St. Lucie and then return to the major league lineup on Thursday when the Mets will be in San Francisco to start a four-game series with the Giants.

Since Cespedes has been out, the Mets have won two games and lost six while falling three games behind Miami for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. The third outfield spot behind Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson has been filled by Alejandro De Aza against right-handed pitchers and Ty Kelly against lefties.

The Mets’ slide in the standings has been helped along by the heavy amount of injuries the team has incurred. However, with Jose Reyes recently returning to action and Cespedes not far behind, perhaps New York’s fortunes will perk up a bit.