Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he was impressed with Yoenis Cespedes' ability to play through pain despite the veteran outfielder dealing with a sore left quad.
Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a home run and a running catch in left field in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, and Callaway said he appreciated Cespedes' effort.
"He did a good job," Callaway told reporters after the game. "When he had to run hard, he ran hard. When he went to get a ball in the corner, he ran hard. He hit a homer. He's gutting it out for the team."
Since leaving last Sunday's game after the first inning with a sore left quad, Cespedes has appeared in every Mets game, including a pinch-hit appearance last Wednesday against the Reds. He is 5-for-15 with two RBIs and two walks in that span.
Callaway said he has frequently checked with Cespedes to make sure the Mets' star slugger is feeling well enough to play, and assistant GM John Ricco told reporters the Mets are making the proper measures to ensure Cespedes stays healthy.
"We're not throwing caution into the wind here," Ricco said, according to Newsday's Tim Healey. "We're examining that, talking through it. We have confidence in the performance staff that we're going to make rational decisions. Are we going to be right 100 percent of the time? No. But we have to make decisions based on the information we have, and that's what we're doing."
Callaway estimated that Cespedes, who is batting .255 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs, was playing at 85 percent entering the weekend, and Cespedes should get more rest this week too, given the Mets have days off on Monday and Thursday. However, beginning on Friday, the Mets will have a stretch of 19 games in 18 days.