The problems don’t seem to end for the New York Mets as right fielder Yoenis Cespedes suffered a hamstring strain that will force him to miss the rest of the season.
The 31-year-old Cespedes, who was put on the 10-day disabled list during the weekend, underwent an MRI to confirm the initial diagnosis.
He is expected to recover in six weeks, but with the Mets mathematically out of the hunt for a spot in the playoffs, he is now out for the rest of the year.
The former Detroit Tiger, who has been battling injuries this season, was one of the few bright lights for the down-trodden Mets (57-73), batting .292 with 17 home runs and 42 runs-batted-in in just 81 games.
Cespedes, who also had stints with Boston and Oakland, was playing well in August, hitting .275 with an on-base percentage of .411. He drilled seven of his total homeruns in this month, along with 15 RBIs in 25 games this month.
The Mets were also told that captain and third baseman David Wright suffered a setback while on rehab assignment to come back from last year’s surgery for a cervical disk herniation.
“After playing in a few games, I continued to have shoulder pain,” said the 34-year-old Wright through a team statement.
“So I decided to go to the doctor and get it checked out. Will make any decisions going forward after my appointment,” added Wright, whose last major league game with the Mets came in May 2016.
Other key players who were bitten by the injury bug were starters Matt Harvey, who started just 13 games and has a 5.25 ERA this season, and Noah Syndergaard, who tore a lat muscle five starts into the season, and Steven Matz, who underwent season-ending surgery to reposition a compressed nerve in his left elbow.