Fantasy owners and the New York Mets held their collective breathes on Thursday night when star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes pulled up lame running to second base, then immediately hobbled down into the Mets' locker room. He did not return to the game and was replaced by Juan Lagares.
We'll have to wait to hear back from the team on Friday with a further status on Cespedes, though some update will be provided after the game. Even if it's a minor hamstring injury, New York could opt to play it safe with its top hitter and place him on the disabled list. But for now, fantasy owners should operate with an eye on Cespedes at least missing Friday's game.
Cespedes has six home runs and 11 walks on the season with a .377 on-base percentage and 173 wRC+. If he is out for any significant time, Michael Conforto could become an everyday player until Cespedes' return. The 24-year-old Conforto is crushing the ball this season with a 152 wRC+, .292/.367/.583 slash line and two home runs.
We'll provide a further update when more information becomes available.