Yoenis Cespedes’s status remains uncertain after he left last night’s Mets loss against the Phillies with a leg injury. Cespedes left the game before the sixth inning after an awkward run between first and second base. He was later seen hobbling across the clubhouse with his left leg tightly bandaged.
After the game, Cespedes told reporters that team doctors said he would be out two-to-three days unless an MRI scheduled for Friday showed structural damage.
Cespedes described the feeling as a “shock” in his left hamstring. He said that it definitely wasn’t a cramp, but that he had had it before and it wasn’t serious, either. Cespedes missed several games last summer with a right quad strain and was subsequently moved from center to left field upon his return.
The 31-year-old outfielder has been among the most consistent cogs in the Mets’ lineup this season, with six home runs and a 1.000 OPS in 66 plate appearances. Cespedes signed a four-year, $100 million contract with the team in November. Michael Conforto will likely fill in for Cespedes against right-handers, with Juan Lagares taking at-bats against left-handed starters.