Mets slugger Cespedes limps off with hamstring cramp

Jay Bruce filling in at first base for

'I felt, like a shock': Cespedes exits with hamstring pain in Mets' loss

Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning with a hamstring injury (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II).

Per Steve Gelbs of SportsNet New York, Cespedes was removed after pulling up running between first and second base and then "limped off the field and down into the tunnel". "We know what we're up against".

"We know our strength is our pitching staff, so if they do their job and we score runs, we feel like we have our best chance", Walker said. "He's just a tremendous competitor and we've got to be ready for him". We have in the past.

"If Lucas is out for an extended period of time, I do not know what the next would be except right now Jay Bruce would play first base", Collins said.

Yes, the Mets (8-8) could use a few healthy bodies for the start of their three-game series against the Nationals on Friday. 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.

Past 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.

Cespedes began the game hitting.255 with six home runs and 10 RBIs. "It's been a tough last couple years".

Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is scheduled to face Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark on Friday.

DeGrom doesn't have a decision in three starts this season despite a 1.89 ERA.

The Mets sent down pitchers Rafael Montero and Sean Gilmartin, which restored the bullpen to the standard seven pitchers with the reinstatement of closer Jeurys Familia from his 15-game domestic-violence suspension.

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