Mets’ Cespedes expected to play soon despite sore hand

Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .287/.336/.610 with 17 home runs and 44 RBI in 54 games since being acquired by the Mets.
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The New York Mets appear to have dodged a bullet with slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

After X-rays revealed no broken bones on his left ring and middle fingers stemming from a pitch that hit his hand in Wednesday’s game, Cespedes is expected to return to the Mets lineup within the next few days.

"He’s a little sore, he’s got a bruise, but his hand is OK," manager Terry Collins told reporters Thursday. "Can he play tomorrow? I don’t know yet."

Cespedes was sidelined on Thursday due to the incident, but the Mets are hopeful he’ll be able to play this weekend in New York’s season-finale series against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

The 29-year-old outfielder has played an integral role in the Mets’ second-half surge, which has catapulted them toward their first postseason run since 2006.

Since being acquired by the Mets from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline, Cespedes is hitting .287/.336/.610 with 17 home runs and 44 RBI in 54 games.