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Yoenis Cespedes says sore shoulder won't keep him out of World Series

New York Mets rightfielder Curtis Granderson (3) celebrates

New York Mets rightfielder Curtis Granderson (3) celebrates with New York Mets centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at home after New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hit a three-run homer in the first inning during Game 4 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

CHICAGO -- Yoenis Cespedes left Wednesday night's Game 4 of the NLCS after 11/2 innings with left shoulder soreness.

But don't worry, Mets fans. Cespedes said after the Mets' 8-3 victory over the Cubs that he'll be ready to play in two to three days.

"If not," Cespedes said through a translator, "I'll chop it off and put on a new one."

The World Series begins Tuesday in either Kansas City or Toronto.

The Mets were leading the Cubs 6-0 when Cespedes came out. Cespedes was replaced in centerfield by Juan Lagares for the bottom of the second.

Cespedes had walked and struck out in two plate appearances. He is 9-for-34 (.265) with two home runs and seven RBIs in the postseason.

Cespedes' shoulder felt good enough after the game for him to pour champagne on the head of team COO Jeff Wilpon, who removed his Mets cap to enjoy the moment.

Cespedes confirmed a report by a local NBC-TV reporter that he spent yesterday morning playing golf at nearby Medinah Country club.

Cespedes is an avid golfer. Soon after he was traded to the Mets on July 31, he acquired a blue-and-orange golf bag with a huge Mets logo on the front and placed it in front of his locker at Citi Field.

He said playing golf did not contribute to his sore shoulder.

"It didn't affect me at all," he said. "It's been part of my routine. I have played all year long and I played last year. It actually helps me with my swing."

Cespedes said he first felt the soreness Wednesday night after his first at-bat and doesn't know what caused it.

"I just know after the first at-bat I went back to the dugout and it started bothering me," he said. "That's when I felt it."

Manager Terry Collins said during an in-game interview on TBS that the trainer had told him Cespedes was ailing.

"He just came in and said he hurt his shoulder and that he couldn't lift it," Collins said. "The trainer came down and said, 'Listen, Cespedes can't play. His left shoulder's bothering him. So I took him out."

Judging by the way he was talking, pouring champagne and hugging (with both arms) during the Mets' celebration, Cespedes certainly appeared as if he will be ready for the World Series. The Mets will have the option of using a designated hitter in Games 1 and 2 at the AL city and for Games 6 and 7 if they are needed.


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