Yoenis Cespedes Activated from DL After Hamstring Injury

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo, New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes (52) is helped off the field by first base coach Tom Goodwin (22) and a trainer during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in New York. New York has a number of key players on the disabled list, including outfielder Cespedes. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
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For the first time since April 27, the New York Mets have Yoenis Cespedes back from a hamstring injury for Saturday's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves

Mets manager Terry Collins said on Friday that Cespedes was "expected" to be activated from the disabled list to serve as the 26th man on Saturday, via James Wagner of the New York Times

Cespedes' return comes after he was able to play all nine innings during a rehab game with the High-A St. Lucie Mets on Thursday, going 0-for-4. 

The two-time All-Star was placed on the DL after he strained his hamstring legging out a double during an April 27 game against the Braves. It was his second hamstring injury in a week. 

In 18 games this season, Cespedes is hitting .270/.373/.619. His six home runs are tied for fifth-most on the team. 

The Mets need a spark to turn their season around. They enter play on Friday with a 25-33 record, 12 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East.