"I talked to him [Saturday] night and he's still pretty sore, so we have to be careful," Collins said. "I'm really concerned because the way he talked [Saturday] night, we have to keep a close eye on him."
Cespedes said Saturday night that he may be the Mets' designated hitter when the club embarks on five-game road trip through Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park in Detroit starting Wednesday, allowing him to be in the lineup while limiting the amount of stress he puts on his quad.
When the Mets return to National League play, though, Cespedes' health causes more of a problem. Given his inability to consistently get on the field, New York is at least beginning to weigh the option of placing the two-time All-Star on the disabled list, something Collins wasn't willing to concede Saturday -- "We need him. We need his bat in the lineup."
"I think we have to kick [the idea] around," Collins said. "I don't know that it is going to be a reality, but we certainly have to be careful with him."
Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.