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Yoenis Cespedes expected back in lineup

Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets walks

Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets walks to the dugout after getting hit by a pitch in the third inning during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sept. 30, 2015 in Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Hallowell

Amid their various murky health reports, there was one positive note for the Mets on Friday, and it was a sizable one. Yoenis Cespedes seems fine after a big scare Wednesday. He had no wrap on his hand, no reminder of the bruised fingers caused when he was hit by a pitch -- an injury that knocked him out of the game against the Phillies and caused great concern. Cespedes would have played Friday night if the game had not been rained out, Terry Collins said.

The news was not as good about Juan Uribe, whose chest injury did not show improvement. Collins said the swelling has not subsided. General manager Sandy Alderson said: "There's a medical term that has been communicated. I don't have that on the tip of my tongue at the moment, but I think it's more cartilage-based. It hasn't been improving quickly."

Wilmer Flores said his back spasms were not bothering him Friday, but Collins added that Flores' case of strep throat flared up.

Robles appeals ban

Hansel Robles is appealing the three-game suspension issued by Major League Baseball for what league officials said was throwing at the head of the Phillies' Cameron Rupp. Collins said: "Do I think he threw at him? Absolutely not. He said, 'It got away from me, period.' So I'm not surprised he's appealing." . . . Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey will start the 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. games Saturday, respectively . . . Jon Niese will be given a chance to pitch against Bryce Harper and other Nationals lefthanded hitters so the Mets can judge how he might look out of the bullpen in the playoffs.

Road disadvantage?

The Dodgers (90-70) are a half-game ahead of the Mets (89-70) in the battle for home-field advantage in their upcoming Division Series, but the Mets have a tiebreaker advantage.

Curtis Granderson reflected on being with the 2006 Tigers: "We started on the road and won that series. We started on the road in the second series and won that series. We were the home team in the World Series and we lost. It's not a major thing. Obviously, everybody discusses it and wants it, but it's not the end of the world if you don't get it."

Terry: 'We told you'

Collins, on the satisfaction of leading a team into the postseason for the first time: "It means a lot to me. I'm the manager of a very good baseball team in a great organization that has had some down years. I sat here last October with Sandy and told our fan base and the media that it's going to get better and next year we're going to win. To sit here today and say, 'We told you,' it means a lot."

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