The New York Mets received a boost Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Utility player Wilmer Flores was reportedly checked into the hospital with a knee infection on Wednesday evening.
Cabrera tweaked his hamstring a few days ago and the Mets made a decision to let him have a day instead of exacerbating the issue. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin and infielder T.J. Rivera were recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas - a day earlier, Gilmartin was sent down to the minors in a series of roster moves that included transferring third baseman David Wright to the 60-day disabled list while recovering from neck surgery.
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has limped off the field with a hamstring cramp and exited the game against Philadelphia. Cespedes, who injured his hamstring on Thursday night trying to break up a double play, underwent MRIs on his hamstring and was diagnosed with a strain, but Collins said he didn't know what grade.
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Collins said it "has not been determined" how many days Cespedes would miss.
"We'll grind it out - we always have, we always will", Collins said following the game Thursday.
NY also lost catcher Travis d'Arnaud with a wrist contusion Wednesday. DeGrom is 0-0 in three starts this season despite a 1.89 ERA. He is 6-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 15 career games (nine starts) against the Mets.
The Nationals may also be at less than 100 percent for at least the start of the series. Juan Lagares has come on to replace Cespedes, taking over in center with Michael Conforto moving to left field. It is still early in the season, but the Mets can not afford to fall into an early hole.