CHICAGO — Yoenis Cespedes, who still is limited by his strained right quad, was held out of Wednesday’s series finale with the Cubs.
Manager Terry Collins timed the breather to precede Thursday’s scheduled team off day, giving the slugger a two-day reprieve in hopes of seeing more improvement.
Cespedes had played Monday night and Tuesday night but he has looked hobbled while running in the field.
“You know his legs, by far, not close to being 100 percent,” Collins said. “We do not need him to blow that out on a day game after a night game especially with a day off tomorrow. So we thought the extra day might help him. It’s not going to 100 percent but it’s going to make him better.”
Cespedes’ status may further delay Michael Conforto’s switch to centerfield, especially with the Mets slated to play at spacious Marlins Park.
Said Collins: “Miami’s a tough place to play your first game in centerfield.”
Harvey checks in
Two days after undergoing season-ending surgery to remove a rib — part of the treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome — Matt Harvey tweeted a photo of himself watching the Mets-Cubs game from his hospital room.
“Watching the game from my hospital bed,” Harvey tweeted. “One less rib, but the road to recovery has begun.”
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud said he was fine after he was struck in the groin by a foul ball, prompting a brief stoppage of the game. “I’ll live,” he said . . . Lucas Duda fielded grounders and took dry swings. He is in the early stages of his first baseball activities since landing on the DL with a stress fracture in his back . . . Zack Wheeler, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will join the team in Miami on Friday, where he’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session for the team’s coaching staff.