New York Mets manager Terry Collins believes Yoenis Cespedes might be sidelined at least through the weekend with a bruise on his upper right leg. Cespedes departed Friday’s series opener in the eighth inning — an inning after aggravating an existing injury while sliding into second base. Cespedes originally hurt himself flying into the stands to pursue a foul ball on April 13. No MRIs or other tests are planned, according to the manager.

“The bruise is pretty big,” Collins said Saturday afternoon. “He’s aggravated it, and he’s limping pretty bad. … He’s pretty swelled. He’s certainly not going to be available today.”

Despite the Mets facing right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, Collins opted to start Juan Lagares over Alejandro De Aza in center field on Saturday with Cespedes unavailable. Collins said he likes how Lagares is swinging the bat, preferred his range at Turner Field and wanted to hold back the lefty-hitting De Aza for a late-game pinch-hitting opportunity. Had De Aza started, the Mets would have had no lefty batters on their bench. Lagares is hitting .333, but has only 15 at-bats because the Mets have faced only one southpaw this season.

Michael Conforto went two for three with a run scored, a stolen base and a walk playing in left field to raise his batting average, while Lagares went two for five with a run scoring triple as the Mets blew out the Braves 8-2 in game two of the three game series.

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