Mets slugger Cespedes limps off with hamstring cramp

Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning with a hamstring injury

Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning with a hamstring injury

It only got worse during the game, as left hamstring cramps forced Yoenis Cespedes to leave after five innings.

Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has limped off the field with a hamstring cramp and exited the game against Philadelphia. "This time it doesn't feel as serious".

Cespedes' hamstring injury came on a night the Mets were already without Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores and had Travis d'Arnaud available only to pinch hit.

Though Collins declined to offer further details, sources said Flores' infection has affected his left knee and that he might have had to spend Thursday night at a hospital receiving treatment. He was charged with a throwing error in the second inning when neither Noah Syndergaard nor second baseman Neil Walker reached out to retrieve Bruce's toss while covering first. "Swelling's down, the mobilization's better in his wrist", Collins said. "He just made a late break".

It's no understatement to call Cespedes one of the most exciting players in the game right now. And Trea Turner will likely be activated from the disabled list before the first pitch of the three-game series. Left fielder Jayson Werth (groin) and second baseman Daniel Murphy (right leg) both sat out Thursday.

The timing of the injury means Cespedes could miss the team's first series of the season against the NL East rival Nationals. "We know what we're up against".

Cespedes, who signed a four-year, $110 million deal in the off-season, is hitting.263 with six homers and 10 RBI this season. "He kind of rises to the occasion, so I have seen that, being a teammate, and also against him as an opponent". We know they've got a good team.