Collins Plans To Have Cespedes In Lineup Sunday

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Terry Collins told reporters after Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Phillies that had the opportunity presented itself Yoenis Cespedes could have appeared as a pinch-hitter in the game.

“If one of those guys got on in the ninth he was going to hit,” Collins said. “But we’re not going to run him up there unless he can do some damage.”

Collins said he plans to have Cespedes in the lineup on Sunday unless he has an issue during his pregame workout. The leg only bothers Cespedes only when he “decelerates after running and pulling up to first base,” Collins said.

The Mets’ skipper believes Cespedes will not require a DL stint even if he doesn’t play today. He last played a game on July 8 and any DL stint can still be backdated to July 9. 

Original Report – July 16

When the Mets took the field at Citizens Bank Park to kick off the second half against the Phillies, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes remained out of action as he continues to deal with his strained right quadriceps.

Before the game, it appeared Cespedes was leaning toward a return to the lineup after taking part in the team’s batting practice. However that idea was dashed after he attempted to run the bases.

The Mets All-Star center fielder felt discomfort running the bases during pregame drills on Friday.

“It was more when I was running the bases, it was still bothering me,” Cespedes said. “It was whenever I would step on the base I would feel it.”

Reports suggest that Cespedes will likely remain out of the starting lineup on Saturday. “We’re going to be careful,” manager Terry Collins said.

Cespedes, 30, is batting .302 this season with 16 doubles, 21 home runs, 52 RBI and a .955 OPS.

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