Cespedes left Sunday's game in the seventh inning with an undisclosed injury, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports. Cespedes dealt with quadriceps discomfort earlier in the week, but the team has yet to disclose whether or not this was the reason for Sunday's early exit. The outfielder was 1-for-2 with a double before getting replaced by Brandon Nimmo.
Cespedes went 1-for-5 with a solo homer and another run scored Saturday in a 4-3 loss to Atlanta in 10 innings. Cespedes is slashing .293/.362/.564 on the season with 29 homers and 73 RBIs and has been a critical part of the Mets' revived offense and wild card ambitions since returning from the disabled list in mid-August. While his 2016 numbers are a far cry from the monster season he put up last year, his production is at a level at a level where the Mets are happy they re-signed him and fantasy owners are glad they acquired him.
Cespedes went 1-for-4 with a walk and a go-ahead, two-run homer in the Mets' 5-3 win over the Reds on Tuesday. The 412-foot blast to center field came in the seventh inning with the Mets trailing 3-2, and eventually proved to be the game winner. Cespedes leads the Mets in batting average (.293), home runs (28), and RBI (70), and has been even better of late, going .321/.397/.679 over his last 15 games.
Cespedes is in the lineup for Friday's matchup against the Nationals. Cespedes sat out Thursday, but is back in action Friday. He'll start in left field and hit third for New York's series opener versus Washington. Over the last seven games, Cespedes has gone 8-for-20 with two home runs and four RBI.
Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a walk-off home run in Monday's win against the Marlins. Since being activated from the disabled list August 19, Cespedes has five home runs and nine RBI in nine games. Cespedes now has 27 home runs and 68 RBI for the season. After a miraculous stretch run a season ago, Cespedes could be primed for a repeat performance as the Mets try to secure a Wild Card spot.