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Mets OF Cespedes leaves game with hamstring injury

New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies during the top of the sixth. The team reports the outfielder exited with a left hamstring cramp.

Of course, everyone in the Mets organization is hoping it’s only a cramp. Cespedes went 1-for-2 with a walk prior to exiting.

Cespedes, who is the third hitter in the Mets’ lineup, has been sensational since joining the Mets at the trade deadline in 2015. Last season, he hit .280 with 31 home runs, 86 RBI, 72 runs and three steals in 543 at-bats in 132 games last season. With those numbers, Cespedes made his second All-Star Game — his first in the National League.

Heading into Thursday’s contest, he was slashing .255/.364/.636 with nine extra-base hits, including six home runs, 10 RBI and 12 runs. If New York has to play any length of time without Cespedes, he will be a major loss.

The Mets acquired him from the Detroit Tigers, where the outfielder only played for half a season in 2015. He also played half a season with the Boston Red Sox in 2014. Cespedes began his career with the Oakland Athletics in 2012 and made the All-Star team with the Athletics in 2014. He won the Home Run Derby twice in back-to-back years – 2013 and 2014.

In his six-year career, he has hit .272 with 143 home runs, 463 RBI, 418 runs and 40 steals. He stole 16 bases as a rookie in 2012, so early in his career, he was a candidate to be a 20/20 guy. But the last three years with the Tigers and Mets, Cespedes has showcased his power, posting a 6.2 percent home run rate.



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