Yoenis Cespedes returns despite his own telling warning

ATLANTA — Yoenis Cespedes returned to the Mets’ lineup Saturday, but maybe not in peak condition.

The All-Star slugger, who had been on the disabled list since April 28 with hamstring and quadriceps injuries, admitted before he took the field against the Braves that he’s unsure about the ability to run full throttle.

“I feel good, but I don’t know that I can run at 100 percent at this point,” Cespedes said.

But assistant general manager John Ricco indicated Cespedes passed his running tests before appearing in a rehab game for Single-A St. Lucie on Thursday, after which Cespedes was deemed ready for a return to the Mets.

The Mets plan to show caution with Cespedes, giving him extra off days. But ultimately the player says he will determine his own course in regards to playing time.

“I know they have a plan for me, but nobody knows my body better than I do,” Cespedes said. “If they want to give me days off, it has to be based off how I feel and how I feel my body is reacting.”

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