One night after an awkward slide in leftfield left him with a sore left hip, Yoenis Cespedes did not play in the Mets’ 13-4 loss to the Rockies in Sunday’s series finale.
But manager Terry Collins expressed relief that Cespedes’ issue isn’t expected to sideline him long. He indicated that Cespedes will be penciled into the starting lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Cardinals.
“I’m just glad there’s nothing more serious because it sure looked a lot worse than it turned out to be,” Collins said. “We’re glad that it’s only going to be a day, not a week or a month.”
In the top of the sixth Saturday night, Cespedes left a large divot in leftfield as he slid while trying to make a catch. He hit the ground hard with his knee, though it was left hip soreness that caused him to be pulled.
Cespedes had been showing signs of pulling out of the slump that marred the end of his first half. He was 5-for-9 with a double in his first two games after the All-Star break.
After signing a four-year, $110-million extension during the offseason, Cespedes has battled leg injuries this season. He has been limited to 44 games, returning on June 10 from a six-week stint on the disabled list because of hamstring and quadriceps injuries. He is hitting .281 with nine homers and 20 RBIs.
The Mets ended Hansel Robles’ nearly two-month stay with Triple-A Las Vegas, recalling the righthander and optioning Chase Bradford.
Robles, 26, had been a disappointment with a 6.23 ERA in 21 appearances for the Mets. He posted a 5.79 ERA in 18 games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League but had not allowed a run in seven of his last eight outings.