Cespedes underwent season-ending surgery on his right ankle Thursday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports. He was in the process of lightly ramping up activity while rehabbing multiple heel surgeries when he suffered multiple right ankle fractures in an off-field incident this past weekend. Cespedes is due to make $29 million in 2020 before becoming a free agent in 2021. He only played in 38 games last year and was limited to 81 in 2017.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Cespedes (heel) suffered multiple right ankle fractures over the weekend, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. The accident apparently happened at Cespedes' ranch in Port St. Lucie on Saturday. According to Tim Healey of Newsday, the veteran outfielder is currently in New York being further evaluated, and the Mets don't know what this could mean for Cespedes in 2019 and beyond. Cespedes is already on the 60-day injured list rehabbing from heel surgeries he underwent in August and October.
Cespedes (heels) began light running and took batting practice on the field Friday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. Cespedes has been throwing in the outfield and hitting in the batting cage for a few weeks, but this looks to be the start of his running program. The 33-year-old shouldn't be expected to return anytime soon, as general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answered "time will tell," when asked about Cespedes' prospects of playing in 2019.
The Mets transferred Cespedes (heels) to the 60-day injured list Monday. The transaction has no bearing on Cespedes' recovery timetable, as the Mets had already ruled him out beyond the first 60 days of the season. A firm target date for Cespedes' 2019 debut probably won't come into focus until the 33-year-old gets cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. At this stage in his rehab, Cespedes has been able to throw in the outfield and hit in the batting cage, but he has yet to initiate a running program.
Cespedes (heel) has been hitting in the batting cage, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Cespedes continues to slowly work his way back from heel surgeries he underwent in August and October, respectively. The veteran outfielder is also working through a throwing program, though he has yet to resume running, leaving him without a timetable for his return.