Mets star slugger Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Braves after aggravating his left hamstring. He doubled in the bottom of the fourth inning but pulled up lame on his way to second and had to limp off the field.
Cespedes had missed three games due to the hamstring injury before returning to the lineup Wednesday. He got through that game without incident, but broadcast footage showed Cespedes had a reaction in batting practice, likely to how the hammy felt.
Given that the disabled list has been reduced to 10 games, it probably would have been smart for the Mets to just shelve Cespedes until he was fully back, but instead now he'll surely miss more time. The Mets already announced that the injury Thursday is a pulled left hamstring -- and have since said Cespedes will head to the DL and rehab in Florida:
Yoenis Céspedes has left today's game with a left hamstring pull. #Mets— New York Mets (@Mets) April 27, 2017
As the Mets get more medical information on Yoenis Cespedes, he'll be headed to Florida for rehab during his DL stint.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 27, 2017
It was a pretty bad day all around for the Mets, injury-wise. Noah Syndergaard had to be scratched from his start due to a "tired arm."
So that's the ace and the best offensive player. The Mets entered the day having lost nine of 10 games.
Cespedes, 31, is hitting .270/.373/.619 with six homers and 10 RBI on the season. The lineup has already been struggling overall, and without his presence in the middle it's significantly worse.