Mets slugger Cespedes limps off with hamstring cramp

Mets slugger Cespedes limps off with hamstring cramp

Cespedes missed several games last summer with a right quad strain and was subsequently moved from center to left field upon his return. I've had this type of injury before.

"Any time you're talking about a hamstring, it's a concern", manager Terry Collins said.

The righthander has a 1.73 ERA and has not allowed a walk in 26 innings this season, an impressive feat of precision that is the longest such stretch in team history to begin a season.

Syndergaard has turned in three quality starts in three chances this season. On Thursday, New York had to start Jay Bruce at first base for the fourth time in his career because Lucas Duda was unavailable after hurting his elbow on Wednesday and Wilmer Flores was dealing with an infection to an unidentified body part.

Neil Walker's three-run homer in the third resurrected the Mets after they had fallen into a 5-1 hole against Aaron Nola, but the bats then went silent.

Asdrubal Cabrera let a grounder go through his legs, Ces pedes misplayed a drive to left and Syndergaard himself committed a gaffe that helped the Phillies in the second. The Nationals were without Daniel Murphy (leg tightness) in Atlanta on Thursday, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated he expects his second baseman would play against the Mets on Friday. This year's change of the DL from 15 days to 10 seems to be leading teams around baseball to be more apt to use it for minor injuries, but the Mets have made an odd habit in the past couple of years of playing shorthanded, and did it again in their series finale against the Phillies. Shortstop Trea Turner, who is on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, is expected to rejoin the club Friday, though he may not be activated until Saturday.

Previous year the Mets went 7-12 against the Nationals, a significant factor in a September spent hunting for the wild card instead of a second straight division title.

The Mets got a run back in the bottom of the inning, when Jose Reyes laced a two-out single, stole second and scored on Rivera's single. "We'll know more tomorrow". He allowed one run on six hits over five innings of work in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals last Friday. "He kind of rises to the occasion, so I have seen that, being a teammate, and also against him as an opponent". We've just got to pull it together.

But if the Mets place too much emphasis on Murphy, there are other potential assassins in the Washington lineup. Still, the team was unsure when they would get him back.

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