Yoenis Cespedes out of lineup, expected to return Monday

For now, the Mets have avoided a crisis with Yoenis Cespedes.

The Mets outfielder was absent from the lineup Sunday for the series finale against the Rockies after injuring his hip in the previous night’s 9-3 victory, but Terry Collins is hopeful Cespedes will only miss a day. Curtis Granderson started in center field, and Michael Conforto moved from center to left to fill in for Cespedes.

“He’s sore,” Collins said Sunday morning. “If I need him to play, he could play. But he’s just sore today. We’ll give him a day to get some treatment and make sure he’s ready for tomorrow.”

Cespedes tweaked the hip while trying to make a sliding catch in the sixth inning Saturday night. His right knee dug into the turf in left field and created a sizable divot. With the Mets leading by eight runs, Collins opted to pull Cespedes from the game as a precaution.

Due to Yoenis Cespedes' absence, Curtis Granderson starts in center field Sunday.

Due to Yoenis Cespedes’ absence, Curtis Granderson starts in center field Sunday.

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Cespedes missed more than a month earlier this season because of left hamstring strain. He also dealt with a quad injury in 2016.

“Well, it’s frustrating,” Collins said of yet another Cespedes leg ailment. “But I’m just glad there’s nothing more serious because it sure looked a lot worse than it turned out to be, and we’re glad that it’s only going to be a day and not a week or a month.”

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