Update #2 (10:45 PM EST): Cespedes has a contusion, but not a fracture. He’s considered day-to-day, per Rosenthal.
Update (10:32 PM EST): The injury is to the left kneecap of Cespedes, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had a chance to redeem his poor World Series performance when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs against Royals starter Edinson Volquez in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the World Series. Unfortunately, he fouled an 0-1 pitch off of his knee and was in considerable pain. After being tended to by team trainers, Cespedes remained in the game to finish his at-bat. He popped up and continued to wince in agony as he swung and gingerly limped down the first base line.
The Mets were still able to add on to their lead, as Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly to center field to make it a 2-0 game.
Cespedes did not come back out to take his position for the top of the seventh inning. He was replaced in center field by Juan Lagares.
Cespedes will undergo testing and more will be known about his condition later. We’ll pass information along as it comes in.
In a do-or-die Game 5 of the World Series for the Mets, starter Matt Harvey has thus far tossed six scoreless innings against the Royals. He’s used 84 pitches, limiting the Royals to three hits and a walk with nine strikeouts.
The Royals had their only runner in scoring position in the first inning with two outs when Lorenzo Cain singled and stole second base, but Harvey struck out Eric Hosmer to escape. Harvey hasn’t had to throw many stressful pitches.
The Mets have provided Harvey with only one run of support, which came on Curtis Granderson‘s solo home run against Edinson Volquez to lead off the bottom of the first.
Royals starter Edinson Volquez singled to lead off the top of the third inning against Mets starter Matt Harvey. He was promptly erased when Alcides Escobar grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but he became a part of an interesting, though not particularly meaningful, bit of trivia.
As MLB.com’s Andrew Simon notes, Volquez is the first American League pitcher to record a hit in a World Series game since Cliff Lee did so in in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series as a member of the Rangers against the Giants.
As Volquez heads back out to the mound for the bottom of the third, he has yielded one run to the Mets, a leadoff solo home run by Curtis Granderson in the first inning.
Leadoff batter Curtis Granderson wasted no time getting the Mets on the board in Game 5 of the World Series, drilling an 0-2 Edinson Volquez change-up to straightaway center field in the first inning. Granderson has now reached base in 14 consecutive post-season games, as SB Nation noted on Twitter. He’s also the first Met to hit a leadoff homer in a World Series game since Lenny Dykstra
Volquez struck out David Wright and Daniel Murphy, then got Yoenis Cespedes to ground out to escape the inning without any further damage.
Matt Harvey tossed a scoreless first inning for the Mets. The Mets, if they fall to the Royals in Game 5, will lose the World Series. It is, literally, a must-win game for them.
Mets manager Terry Collins’ decision to start the eighth inning of Game 4 with Tyler Clippard rather than Jeurys Familia was heavily second-guessed following the Mets’ crushing loss on Saturday, and continued on Sunday. Among those second-guessing Collins is his own wife:
Collins said that Familia will be available for six outs in Game 5, but that may be too little, too late.