Mets slugger Cespedes limps off with hamstring cramp

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with a left hamstring cramp.

Marc Carig of Newsday reported that it is just a hamstring cramp, yet after the game manager Terry Collins said Cespedes will get an MRI on Friday.

Though Collins declined to offer further details, sources said Flores' infection has affected his left knee and that he might have had to spend Thursday night at a hospital receiving treatment.

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

It's no understatement to call Cespedes one of the most exciting players in the game right now.

The Mets went on to lose the game 6-4, their fifth loss in their last six games. 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. Left fielder Jayson Werth (groin) and second baseman Daniel Murphy (right leg) both sat out Thursday.

If previous year was any indication, these Mets-Nationals scrums, played over 19 dates this season, could easily determine the 2017 NL East champion. The first baseman is 7-for-12 with two homers and seven RBIs in the last three games. The Nationals rolled to the NL East title for a second time in three years, finishing eight games ahead of the Mets. "We know what we're up against". The 31-year-old is batting.255/.364/.636 with six home runs and 10 walks on 13 strikeouts. We've just got to pull it together.

"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.

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