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Running full speed, Cespedes 'getting close'

Mets outfielder feels no discomfort after working out at Port St. Lucie facility
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Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes is nearing a return to the big league club, assistant general manager John Ricco told the New York Post on Tuesday.

Cespedes, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since April 28, ran full speed at the team's Spring Training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with no discomfort in his legs, according to the report.

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Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes is nearing a return to the big league club, assistant general manager John Ricco told the New York Post on Tuesday.

Cespedes, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since April 28, ran full speed at the team's Spring Training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with no discomfort in his legs, according to the report.

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The 31-year-old outfielder was expected to return to the Mets' lineup as the designated hitter for this week's series in Texas, but experienced pain in his quadriceps while playing in a rehab game for Class A St. Lucie on May 26.

Cespedes will not be able to return as the DH once the Mets leave Texas as they travel to Atlanta to begin a three-game series on Friday. The Mets will play all National League teams for the remainder of June.

"We are getting close, and whether or not [rehab] games is the next step, we'll find out in the next couple of days," Ricco said.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB.

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