Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes returning to lineup Monday

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Monday, June 12, 2017

ATLANTA -- Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedespinch hit Sunday and will return to the lineup Monday when New York hosts the Chicago Cubs.

Cespedes popped out in the ninth innings of a 2-1 victory over Atlanta. He had hit a grand slam in his return Saturday from a left hamstring injury that landed him on the disabled list for six weeks,

Manager Terry Collins had said several times over the past few days that Cespedes would be eased back into regular playing time.

Cespedes, signed last November to a $110 million, four-year contract, has suffered multiple injuries the past two years. He said after Saturday's 6-1 win over Atlanta that he's comfortable with the team's approach to rest him periodically during the next week.

Since Aug. 1, 2015, the Mets are 121-89 when Cespedes plays in a game and 32-41 when he doesn't.

New York made two roster moves Sunday, recalling right-hander Seth Lugo from a rehab assignment and optioning reliever Tyler Pill and infielder T.J. Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas. Lugo, sidelined all season with right elbow inflammation, got the start and the win over Atlanta, going seven innings and allowing just one run while striking out six.

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