Another starter exits the game early in what seems to be a precautionary move.
During Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes suffered a cramp in his left hamstring. The injury apparently happened in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cespedes walked on four pitches to lead off the inning.
Jay Bruce followed Cespedes with a double play ground out. Yo walked off the field gingerly, and we saw head trainer Ray Ramirez talk to him and head down to the club house.
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Thankfully, the diagnosis of a left hamstring cramp is better than a pull or strain, obviously. Hopefully this means Cespedes won’t need to miss any time as New York really cannot afford another injury.
In Wednesday’s game, the Amazin’s lost two other starters to injury. While the extent of the damage to Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud is still unknown, having another player — especially one of the Yo’s caliber — go down, is not ideal to say the least.
In Thursday’s game Juan Lagares came in for Cespedes, with Michael Conforto moving from center to left field. This would conceivably be the same outfield alignment tomorrow should be Yo and Duda be once again sidelined.
Let’s not forget Matt Harvey suffered his own cramping issues last week in his start against the Phillies as well. He came out in the sixth inning, but in his latest start, he seemed completely fine. Hopefully history repeats itself with Yoenis.