Manager Terry Collins said Yoenis Cespedes will be held out as a precaution after a hamstring cramp suffered in the ninth inning of Monday’s loss to Washington
The beginning of an important week for the New York Mets, if they had any designs of closing some ground in the NL East, got off to a rotten start on Monday. Not only did the Mets lose in walk-off fashion at division leading Washington, but Yoenis Cespedes hobbled off the field after trying to make a game saving catch on what turned into the winning hit.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News is reporting that Cespedes will miss Tuesday’s game as a result. Manager Terry Collins stated that he will be held out as a precaution after his hamstring cramped on the play.
Cespedes has already had his fair share of injury issues with his lower body. He missed 37 games earlier this season with a hamstring strain. After a scorching start in his comeback off the disabled list, Cespedes’ bat cooled considerably. He was 1-for-4 on Monday with his only hit coming on a dribbler that went 40 feet up the third base line.
It was a night where the starters were in firm control of the game. Steven Matz delivered seven shutout innings and got a huge double play early to springboard him. He started to sprinkle in the slider a little more and had better command of his curveball after searching for that pitch in the opening frames. Stephen Strasburg was a tough customer for the Mets to solve for most of the night.
Since the beginning of the Marlins series last week, Cespedes has gone just 4-for-28 at the plate with just one run, one walk, and no RBI. In that span, his batting average dropped from .315 to .281. Still, he’s a threat to bust out of a slump in a big way at any moment. Now there will be question on an ailment that is still lingering.
The wait begins on the status of Cespedes beyond Tuesday’s early tilt. It seems like any time the Mets are threatening to pick up momentum, nights like this happen. Hopefully we’ll be seeing Cespedes back in the lineup on Wednesday.