Yoenis Cespedes exits early for Mets

FLUSHING, NY - APRIL 18: New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) makes a catch in the outfield during the Major League Baseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies on April 18, 2017, at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes left the game on Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies in the top of the sixth inning following a diving attempt at a catch, ripping up an enormous divot in the turf. He was replaced in the lineup by Curtis Granderson, with Michael Conforto moving to left field defensively.

Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a run scored during the game, bringing his season average up to .281 with a .337 on-base percentage. He has had issues with his legs all season long and has appeared in just 44 games during the season.

He has clubbed nine home runs and driven in 20 runs during the year, with three of those blasts coming in a single game and just two of them at home. Despite his lack of power at Citi Field, he has been a vastly superior overall hitter, entering play on Saturday as a .319 hitter at home, as opposed to .247 on the road.

In the eight games he has appeared in during the month of July, he has driven in just a single run with one extra-base hit.

The Mets have a logjam in their outfield with Conforto breaking out as a National League All-Star this season, receiving playing time with Cespedes sidelined with multiple leg injuries. Cespedes was an All-Star himself for the second time last season, his first full year as a member of the Mets. The team re-signed him to a four-year deal worth $110 million this offseason that will keep him in Queens through his age-34 season in 2020.

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