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Yoenis Cespedes leaves rehab game with tight quadriceps

Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets looks on from

Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets looks on from the dugout during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on May 31, 2018. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Yoenis Cespedes left his rehab game with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday with a tight right quadriceps.

The Mets said his early exit, after two at-bats and two innings in leftfield, was for precautionary reasons. He will be re-evaluated Sunday.

It puts into question Cespedes’ readiness to return to the majors. He had said he expected to be back with the Mets on Tuesday in Atlanta.

Cespedes doubled in both at-bats Saturday after going 0-for-2 Friday. He is on the disabled list with a strained right hip flexor, but he has referred to it as a quad issue since getting hurt May 6. It’s not clear if this issue is the same or new.

“We just need to make sure he can go out there and run a ball down in the gap, put a good swing on the ball and run the ball out to first and stay healthy so he doesn’t get injured again,” Mickey Callaway said early Saturday. “We need him back for the rest of the year, not just for the next week.”

Lugo ready for anything

He didn’t know when and he didn’t know why, but Seth Lugo knew that at some point this season, he was going to have a couple of wacky weeks.

It began the day of the Mets’ doubleheader in Atlanta on May 28, when he was going to close the first game or open the second (and ended up doing the former in a loss). Three days later, he made his first start of the year and tossed four shutout innings. Five days after that, he threw three more scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Now, with Noah Syndergaard scratched because of lingering discomfort in his strained right index finger, Lugo will start Sunday night. He expects to be able to go to about 80 pitches.

For Lugo and his 2.04 ERA, the past couple of weeks have been a crash course in the chaotic life of a swingman.

“I was told in spring training this was going to be all season,” he said. “So I’ve been preparing for the last three months. At this point . . . rest is the biggest thing, and I’ve been getting four days’ rest. It hasn’t been too tough.”

What has impressed Callaway about Lugo’s constant switching is that he’s the same pitcher in both roles. He has continued to throw all five of his pitches this season while working mostly in relief, including the increased usage of his curveball, up to about one out of every three pitches.

“It’s an easy transition because he first of all has a really good repertoire of pitches,” Callaway said. “And he pitches like a starter even when he’s in the bullpen, which can also be effective.’’

Lineup shakeup

Amed Rosario said he can’t remember ever hitting leadoff before Saturday. Callaway said of the drastically different lineup, which included Brandon Nimmo hitting third: “There was some reasoning behind it, and also we need to shake things up.”

Draft signings

The Mets have signed 12 picks from the draft, including seventh-round lefthander Kevin Smith, ninth-round righthander Bryce Montes de Oca and 10th-round shortstop Manny Rodriguez.

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