New York Mets Slugger Yoenis Cespedes Expected to Go on DL

On Thursday, the New York Mets received more bad news as their slugger Yoenis Cespedes suffered a strained left hamstring and had to leave the team’s 7-5 loss to Atlanta.

Initially Cespedes’ injury was diagnosed as a pulled hamstring. The Mets slugger will undergo an MRI on Friday morning.

New York is expected to put Cespedes on its disabled list and then send him off to Florida to go through rehab, said sources close to the team who wished not to give their names.

The sources also said Cespedes could possibly be given platelet rich plasma injections to help his injury.

Cespedes rounded first base following a double he hit during the fourth inning and pulled up limping. He then bent over due to pain after he reached second base. Both Manager Terry Collins and team trainer Ray Ramirez quickly ran out to second to check on their slugger.

Cespedes had to be helped from the field by Ramirez and Tom Goodwin the team’s first base coach as he gingerly limped to the team’s dugout.

The Mets slugger, who is 31, has hit 6 home runs and has 10 RBIs thus far early in the season. He returned on Wednesday to the Mets lineup after a hamstring injury kept him sidelined for three consecutive games.

The Mets replaced Cespedes with Juan Lagares in the fourth inning. Earlier in the day, on Thursday, New York had to scratch Noah Syndergaard their right-hander from his start due to the pitcher having discomfort in his right biceps.

The Mets moved Matt Harvey into the starting pitcher spot against Atlanta. Syndergaard on the season is 1-1 with an ERA of 1.73 with 30 strikeouts in his 26 innings pitched thus far early in the season. He was originally going to pitch on Wednesday but was moved back to Thursday before being scratched.

During most of the 2016 season, Syndergaard pitched while having a bone spur on the right elbow. He said the discomfort in his biceps had irritated him the past couple of days and was taking anti-inflammatory medication.

New York is currently in last place in the National League East with a record of 8-13. The Mets trail first place Washington by 7 1/2 games and have lost 9 of their past 10 overall.

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