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Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes feels better, but return in question

Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets follows

Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets follows through on a first inning infield base hit against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Yoenis Cespedes could not have played Sunday if he had been asked to do so, and he is not sure when his strained right quadriceps will allow him to return. “I feel better, but I’m not sure if I’m going to play on Friday,” he said, referring to the Mets’ first game after the All-Star break.

Cespedes received an official gold and brown All-Star bag (Padres colors, in honor of the host team) but said he will not travel to the game in San Diego. He will rest an injury that seems to him to be like the one he suffered in spring training last year and that lasted about five days. When he was asked about improvement in his health since his departure from Friday night’s game, he said through an interpreter, “A little bit.”

Said Terry Collins, “He’s a solid star . . . His rest in the next four days is going to be key to everybody in that clubhouse.”

As for the team’s situation, having lost three of four to the Nationals and lost Matt Harvey for the season and Noah Syndergaard for at least a couple of days, Cespedes said, “All I can say is there’s a lot of baseball left.”

No break for Reyes

The respite is welcome to just about everyone on the Mets except Jose Reyes. His two-homer game gave him a large confidence boost at the end of his first week of the season. “Everything for me is starting to get together, and now I have four days off,” he said. “That’s part of baseball. I’m going to be working out. Hitting, running, doing my stuff. The only thing I’m not going to be doing is playing the game. I can’t sit for four days.”

Extra bases

With 122 home runs, the Mets have a franchise record for the pre-All-Star Game portion of a season, two ahead of the 2006 team . . . Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with a triple and home run for Las Vegas on Saturday night. Collins said the team probably will not be able to keep both Conforto and Brandon Nimmo on the major-league roster because it wants both to play regularly . . . In the first post-break series, the Mets will face the Phillies, whose roster includes outfielder Tyler Goeddel, brother of Mets pitcher Erik. Tyler made a pivotal diving catch against the Rockies on Friday despite being a natural infielder. Is he a good outfielder? Said Erik, “He is now, I guess.”


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