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Mets' Yoenis Cespedes aggravates leg injury in Friday's win

ATLANTA -- New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes may be out of the starting lineup on Saturday.

Cespedes departed Friday’s game in the eighth inning with a recurrence of discomfort in his right leg. He aggravated an existing injury when he slid into second base on a double the previous inning.

Cespedes originally banged up the leg diving into the left-field stands while pursuing a foul ball on April 13 at Citi Field. The Mets continue to label the injury a bruise.

“I hope to be ready by tomorrow, but right now it hurts,” Cespedes said through an interpreter after Friday’s 6-3 win against the Atlanta Braves. “It’s just a bruise. I felt some discomfort, and it bothers me whenever I slide.”

Cespedes was limping badly as he navigated through the clubhouse after the game.

“It got real tight, so we took him out,” manager Terry Collins said. “… Once it starts to tighten up, there’s a possibility of him pulling that. So I got him out.”