Cespedes will return vs. Cards
Yoenis Cespedes was ready to hit if the Mets needed him Sunday, but was never presented the opportunity.
For caution’s sake, manager Terry Collins said he kept Cespedes on the bench, a day after the Mets’ star outfielder injured his left hip sliding for a ball in the outfield.
Collins said he expects Ces- pedes back in the lineup for Monday’s game against the Cardinals.
“I will put him in the lineup, unless he has to take himself out,” Collins said after the Mets’ 13-4 loss to the Rockies.
Cespedes left in discomfort in the sixth inning on Saturday after creating a divot in left field that appeared to impede him from catching Nolan Arenado’s bloop.
“I’m just glad there is nothing more serious, because it sure looked worse than it turned out to be,” Collins said. “We’re glad that it’s only going to be a day and not a week or a month.”
Hansel Robles was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, where he had a 5.79 ERA in 18 appearances. The righthander will replace Chase Bradford, who was optioned to Las Vegas after allowing two earned runs over two innings Sunday. Robles was demoted from the Mets on May 23 after a string of rough outings.
T.J. Rivera finished 1for-4 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 11 games. During the streak he is hitting .425 with three homers and and 10 RBIs. It’s the longest hitting streak by a Mets player since Juan Lagares hit in 13 consecutive games in 2013.
Fernando Salas’ disastrous season continued with two runs allowed in the fourth inning. The veteran reliever has allowed six earned runs over his last four appearances and watched his ERA swell to 6.57.