The right quadriceps is obviously still sore for Cespedes despite getting the last two days off. The Mets also have two off days next week, Monday and Thursday.
Callaway said that Cespedes is in the lineup because the Mets need the offense right now and they don’t think that he can make the injury worse.
Of course, Cespedes missed a large chunk of the 2017 season with a quad issue and also had an issue with the muscle in 2016 that forced him to miss time.
Cespedes is hitting .248/.313/.457 with six doubles, team-leading seven home runs and 27 RBI. He has struck out 48 times in 129 at-bats. The quad injury has visibly slowed him in left field where he has -1 defensive runs saved this season.