Mets injuries: Yoenis Cespedes set to return, Neil Walker out

Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has been out since April 28 with a strained left hamstring. He will return Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Atlanta when the Mets play a doubleheader against the Braves.

The Mets announced Friday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is set to return to the club this weekend in Atlanta.

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Cespedes went on the disabled list on April 28 with a strained left hamstring.

He then suffered tightness in his right quad during his rehab.

Cespedes played left field Thursday night for Single-A St. Lucie, going 0-for-4 in the 1-0 loss to Lakeland.

The 31-year-old was off to a red-hot start (.270/.373/.619, 6 HR in 18 games) before hitting the shelf. 

Cespedes owns a 143 OPS+ mark since arriving to the Mets in a July 31 trade in 2015. 

Manager Terry Collins had said that when Cespdes does return, Michael Conforto will get a few days off. Collins also said he wants to find more playing time for reserve outfielder Juan Lagares.

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Meanwhile, second baseman Neil Walker is not in the starting lineup Friday night, when the Mets open a four-game series in Atlanta against the Braves.

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Walker did not play in Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Walker is battling a sore left knee.

T.J. Rivera will get the start at second base Friday night against the Braves.

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The Mets lineup will face Julio Teheran. The right-hander was expected to lead Atlanta’s rotation, but his 5.40 ERA is almost two runs higher than his 3.54 career average as he prepares to face Matt Harvey and the Mets.

Teheran has struggled to adjust to the Braves’ new SunTrust Park, where he is 1-4 with an 8.40 ERA in six starts. He is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in six road starts. Teheran (5-4) has won two straight but allowed a combined 10 runs in the two games, including seven runs in five innings in a 13-8 win at Cincinnati on Sunday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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