Cespedes limping, could rest few days

Mets outfielder aggravates leg injury on slide for double

Cespedes limping, could rest few days

ATLANTA -- The Mets were without a prominent part of their lineup Saturday night, and his absence may end up being longer than just Game 2 of New York's weekend series against the Braves.

Yoenis Cespedes took the day off after aggravating a bruise on his upper right leg that was initially injured when the outfielder jumped into the Citi Field stands trying to catch a foul ball last week.

Cespedes left Friday night's contest before the bottom of the eighth inning, following a slide into second base on his RBI double in the seventh. Mets manager Terry Collins said his outfielder's leg was swollen Saturday and is unsure of when Cespedes could return to the lineup.

"The bruise is pretty big. He's aggravated it, and he's limping pretty bad," Collins said. "Hopefully, today, maybe tomorrow, we'll get home and he'll be ready to go."

Statcast: Cespedes' laser throw

Cespedes went 1-for-4 with a double Friday night, also making a beautiful outfield assist at home plate that preserved the Mets' three-run lead in the fifth inning.

Cespedes is hitting .288 this season with 17 hits, five home runs and 14 RBIs.

Connor Smolensky is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.