Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

More Slugger Struggles

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

More Slugger Struggles

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NEW YORK - A hurting Yoenis Cespedes hobbled into the Mets clubhouse at Citi Field, exiting Sunday night's World Series Game 5 with a left knee injury.

And it might have been his last moment in a Mets uniform.

An impending free agent, Cespedes already was in the deep throes of a difficult World Series when he came to bat in Sunday's sixth inning with none out and the bases loaded.

Facing Kansas City right-hander Edinson Volquez, with the Mets leading 1-0, Cespedes took a huge swing and lashed a foul ball directly off his left kneecap.

Cespedes instantly dropped to the ground in agony, laying in the batter's box for a few minutes as Mets manager Terry Collins and an athletic trainer attended to him.

Wincing from the pain, Cespedes was eventually helped to his feet, and the crowd cheered as he resumed his at-bat.

But Cespedes popped out and limped slowly off the field. He was replaced defensively in center field by Juan Lagares in the top of the seventh.

Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal tweeted Cespedes suffered a contusion.

Before his sixth-inning at-bat, Cespedes heard some scattered booing by the 44,859 fans - a crowd hoping to see the Mets avoid elimination with the Royals leading three games to one.

Against Volquez, Cespedes (0-for-3) had grounded out in the first inning and rapped into a double play to end the fourth, making the right-handed slugger just 3-for-20 in the World Series.

Cespedes always will have a memorable place in Mets history, even if his service at Citi Field ends with the 111th World Series.

But the power barrage by Cespedes that boosted a lacking lineup and stirred Collins' club to an NL East title has faded like a summer fling.

Cespedes has been dealing with a sore left shoulder since the clinching Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. …

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