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Mar 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a base hit against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) is going to be out much longer than the New York Mets initially expected. 

The injury news continues to get worse by the day for the 12-15 New York Mets. The latest bad news has star slugger Yoenis Cespedes missing more time than expected with a hamstring strain.

The Mets have been without Cespedes since April 28 and his initial return date was set for May 8. That’s not going to happen now. Apparently the All-Star’s ailing hammy is not improving at the pace the club had anticipated. As a result, his return date is still to be determined.

From veteran MLB reporter Jon Heyman via

The New York Mets aren’t suggesting a timetable on Yoenis Cespedes’ hamstring pull, but it could be awhile. Normally, when he hurts himself, he says, “I’m good, bro.”

Not this time.

This time, he admitted, “This one hurts.”

They aren’t saying whether there’s a chance he could be back in May, so that may be a long shot. In the meantime, Cespedes is rehabbing at the Mets’ camp at Port St. Lucie.

Cespedes, who signed a four-year, $110 million contract before the season, was batting .270 with six homers and 10 RBI in 63 at bats this season before being sidelined.

The Mets injury list continues to grow and it has been a recurring trend the past decade for this franchise despite multiple efforts to quell the epidemic. The club changed up their medical team several years ago when the same situation arose. They’re back in the high weeds again.

Currently on the disabled list are three starting pitchers (Noah Syndegaard, Steven Matz and Seth Lugo), starting 1B Lucas Duda, Cespedes, 3B David Wright and OF Brandon Nimmo. INF Wilmer Flores (infection) returned Wednesday night.

John Fennelly has been covering the New York sports scene on the Internet since 1997. He has advised and been published on dozens of prominent websites and in major periodicals and can been heard on sports talk radio stations all over the dial. Before embarking on his career as an accredited journalist, John held several management positions in a successful 25-year career in the financial industry. He holds a degree in New Media/Journalism from Queens College.