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Yoenis Cespedes dealing with 'tremendous bruise'

CLEVELAND -- Yoenis Cespedes remains the designated hitter for the New York Mets for a second straight day on Saturday as he continues to deal with the effects of hurling himself into the stands in pursuit of a foul ball on Wednesday.

"He's got a tremendous bruise on one of his legs," manager Terry Collins said. "It's big. Even though he can run, he's better off DHing right now and letting it have a little time to mend."

Cespedes went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and contributed a 403-foot homer against Cody Anderson as the DH in Friday's 6-5 win against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

As for Cespedes flinging himself into the stands on Wednesday at Citi Field, which led to the severe bruise, Collins said: "He just said that at that time he thought he had a chance to catch it and he couldn't slow himself down. But I said, 'I can't have you get hurt going into the seats like that.' He acknowledged it. Fortunately, he can still play. And we're lucky to have the DH right now, to be honest with you."

Also on the injury front, Wilmer Flores is OK after getting struck in the forearm with a foul ball while in the dugout Friday night.

"It hit him pretty good," Collins said.