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Yoenis Cespedes injures hip but Mets don’t believe it’s serious

The Mets' Yoenis Cespedes leaves the field after

The Mets' Yoenis Cespedes leaves the field after being hurt on a play against the Rockies on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Credit: AP / Frank Franklin II

The divot in the grass was as big as the knot in Mets fans’ stomachs, but in the end, though Yoenis Cespedes’ sixth-inning tumble last night was scary, the resulting injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

“I have a little discomfort in my hip but the doctor said it’s nothing serious,” Cespedes said through an interpreter.

With one out in the sixth and a runner on first, Cespedes took a spill, sliding while trying to run down Nolan Arenado’s double and twisting awkwardly as he came down on the grass. The fall left a big hole in leftfield and prompted Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez to emerge from the dugout and make that all-too-familiar trot to the outfield.

Collins said Cespedes likely will not start today, but he didn’t believe it to be serious. The Mets had an eight-run lead when Cespedes was lifted.

Calling it “much more precautionary than anything,” Collins was understandably tentative in his evaluation. “We’ll know more tomorrow,” he said.

Before the game, Cespedes, who had a strong night on the basepaths Friday, said his ailing hamstring was more or less completely healthy.

After last night’s game, he said he felt well enough to play today but that if Collins wanted to offer him a rest day, he would gladly take it. “I think I could have kept on playing,” he said. “But because of the score of the game, we decided to play it safe.”

T.J.’s streak at 10

T.J. Rivera went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the second inning to push his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. He is 16-for-36 (.444) during his streak.

“He’s doing now what we saw last year because he’s playing every day,” Collins said before the game.

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