The Mets have placed Yoenis Cespedes back on the disabled list due to calcification in both of his heels, the team told announced via press release. While the Mets and Cespedes are waiting for a second opinion on the injury, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Cespedes was believed to be leaning toward undergoing season-ending surgery as of this morning (Twitter links). David Lennon of Newsday tweets that Cespedes can “barely run without his heels feeling like they’re on fire.”
Cespedes, 32, has appeared in 38 games for the Mets this season and batted .262/.325/.496 with nine home runs and six doubles. He landed on the disabled list in mid-May with what was, at the time, termed a “mild” strain of his right hip flexor but ultimately wound up missing more than two months with the injury. Cespedes returned last ween and homered in a two-hit showing, but he’s been out of the lineup since.
Over the weekend, Cespedes’ heels became yet another circus-like storyline for the Mets, as the outfielder told reporters that he could require surgery to repair the issue — only for manager Mickey Callaway to eventually express concern to the media and say that he was unsure of what Cespedes had said. Callaway later backtracked (link via the Post’s Dan Martin) and said that he “misspoke” and handled the situation poorly. Assistant GM John Ricco, part of the Mets’ acting-GM triumvirate, acknowledged over the weekend that Friday was the first the team had heard he was considering surgery (Twitter link via James Wagner of the New York Times).
Cespedes would be the second Mets outfielder to require season-ending surgery, joining Juan Lagares (toe) in that regard. With him on the shelf, be it for a shorter term or for the remainder of the season, the Mets will continue to utilize Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the outfield. Matt den Dekker is currently getting some time in the outfield as well, though Jay Bruce figures to eventually return from hip discomfort to claim some playing time.