Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has undergone surgery on his left heel, the club announced. This was the second of two procedures to address bone calcification in both feet.
The club has not released any further information about the outcome. Assuming everything went according to plan, the hope is that Cespedes will be cleared to start baseball activities in approximately four months. He will begin running again at a later point in time.
Surgeons waited approximately three months between the first procedure, to the right heel, and the surgery that was just announced. That approach avoided a lengthy and potentially problematic stretch of bed rest.
All indications are that Cespedes remains more or less on the timetable that the New York organization gave in late July. It was stated at that time that he’d be sidelined for a minimum of eight to ten months. Of course, being fully prepared for MLB game action could be a bit further off than that, since Cespedes will need to get into playing shape and shake off the rust.
From this point, the Mets have little choice but to hope that Cespedes responds well to rehab. The 33-year-old may conceivably be available for a reasonable portion of the 2019 season, though he’ll almost surely miss a fairly significant portion of time even under the most optimistic outlook. Cespedes is owed $58.5MM over the following two seasons and has full no-trade protection.