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Mets: Cespedes lifted from Sunday’s game due to quad tightness

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Mar 5, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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The Mets’ offensive centerpiece is healthy and primed for potentially his biggest year yet.

New York Mets outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes was lifted from Sunday’s Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals with tightness in his hip and quad, the team announced during the game. He was later cleared to resume baseball activity by doctors, so we can all exhale in relief.

Cespedes dealt with leg issues during the 2016 season, but now is ready to roll this year. Cespedes has also hit a couple of majestic home runs that included one off Mike Leake on Sunday, which cleared the scoreboard in left.

The Mets made a long-term commitment to Cespedes in the off-season, rewarding him with a four-year, $110 million contract. Since donning a Mets uniform, Cespedes has crushed 48 home runs in 189 games. That means he’s averaging a home run every 3.93 games, well better than his previous career track of one homer every 5.82 games between Oakland, Boston, and Detroit.

It comes as absolutely no surprise that the Mets treated the situation with caution. With a centerpiece like Cespedes and a potentially dominant pitching staff, the Mets are a contender for a World Series title.

The defending champion, Cubs, will be tough to run through and the Dodgers are going to get a lot of love in the National League as well. However, a fully healthy Mets squad is certainly capable of knocking either of those teams off in a series.

The hot words are “fully healthy.” And that starts with Cespedes who admitted to the New York Post that he was in much more pain than he let on last season. A fully healthy Cespedes can clear the 30-home run mark easily and perhaps push for 40-plus.

Next: Harvey struggles, Cespedes does not in loss to Cardinals.

Mets fans have gotten their first glimpse of most of the starting rotation over the weekend. However, the biggest key to getting back to the World Series is their offense. Cespedes is at the core of that.

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