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Yoenis Cespedes homers in 4-hit game, but plan is to rest him Sunday

New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a single

New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in New York. Credit: AP / Frank Franklin II

Despite matching a season high with four hits Saturday, Yoenis Cespedes’ spot Sunday will be firmly on the bench, manager Terry Collins said. It’s part of a preset plan to keep the Mets’ superstar outfielder healthy.

“There’s no question he is but we’re going to continue to follow our plan because if something happens tomorrow, the first question will be, why didn’t you follow your plan?” he said. “It’s paid off, it’s paid off putting him in the two hole . . . so we’ll take a look at what we’ll do tomorrow.”

Cespedes went 4-for-5 and hit his eighth home run of the season. He’s 11-for-24 with two homers, two doubles and six RBIs in eight games since his return from the disabled list. On Saturday, he legged out an infield single, went first to third on a single and scored from third on a suitably shallow fly ball. He looked unhindered on all three plays.

That said, the key to the Mets’ future success could very well lie on Cespedes’ shoulders and, what with their recent injury woes, the team isn’t keen on taking any chances. Collins, though, agreed the time is soon coming where Cespedes can play every day.

“The way he played today, that woke some guys up,” Collins said, adding that Cespedes would likely be available off the bench Sunday. “You know he’s close to being in that lineup every day and when he plays like that, we’re going to be dangerous.”

Extra bases

Collins said Steven Matz showed no ill-effects from seven-inning performance Friday. “Steven feels great today, which is really, really good news,” Collins said. . . . Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 against his old team Saturday. He’s reached base in all 28 games he’s played against the Mets.

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