The Mets said Cespedes sustained a contusion of his left and ring fingers, but x-rays were negative for any broken bones.
Coming to bat for his second plate appearance of the game at Citizens Bank Park, Cespdes saw four pitches from Phillies righthander Justin De Fratus—including three straight balls after a first-pitch strike—before an 89-mph fastball struck Cespedes’s left hand. He dropped his bat and went down on one knee in apparent pain before leaving the game.
Cespedes, playing centerfield, was replaced by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The Mets led the Phillies 5–2 after three innings.
De Fratus entered as a reliever in the top of the first after Phillies starter Alec Asher allowed five runs on three hits, two home runs and two walks over the first 2/3 of the inning.
Cespedes has been a pivotal part of the Mets’ NL East pennant run since his trade from the Tigers before the July 31 trade deadline. Over 53 games with New York entering Wednesday, Cespedes batted .287 with 17 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .940 OPS.
- Mike Fiammetta