With the clock inching towards midnight Friday evening, Yoenis Cespedes dropped a double-scary well being bombshell.
The often-injured Cespedes mentioned he must have surgical procedure on each heels and he’s not positive he could make it via the season. Not one heel. Both heels.
At this level in a misplaced season, why trouble?
Even for the Mets, this breaks new floor for harm points.
Cespedes ought to get the surgical procedure as quickly as potential and start the prolonged rehab course of, as a result of the Mets slugger, who homered in his first recreation again within the 7-5 win at Yankee Stadium on Friday evening, faces an 8-to-10-month rehab course of and can proceed to be broken items if he tries to play on two unhealthy heels.
That four-year, $110 million contract is trying worse by the day.
After all that yoga, stretching and working, Cespedes is in dire form on the age of 32.
“I understand what’s inflicting my issues are my heels,’’ Cespedes mentioned via a translator. “When I really feel some ache on my heels, I began to switch my strolling, my working, even my standing. That’s the primary trigger I’m having [of] these issues in my leg.
“The solely means that I can keep away from my heels from maintain bothering me or getting me harm is having the surgical procedure.
“I’m nonetheless desirous about [having the surgery] as a result of the restoration course of takes 8-to-10 months.’’
Then he has to work himself again into recreation form.
There you go. So if he doesn’t have the surgical procedure now, 2019 is a washout as properly. His contract runs via 2020.
Cespedes has performed in solely 38 video games this season and final performed in mid-May.
The drawback is calcification in his heels, he mentioned, and he must have the calcification eliminated. Both surgical procedures would happen without delay.
“I’ve been taking part in like this for the final 15 years, however as time goes by it’s getting worse and worse,’’ Cespedes mentioned.
Asked if he might make it via this season, a somber Cespedes mentioned, “I don’t know.’’
To recap, the Mets’ greatest participant who has been dogged by hip and leg accidents now wants double heel surgical procedure. The Mets’ season of horror will get worse every day even with a Subway Series victory. Even with a house run off the left-field foul pole by Cespedes within the third inning off Domingo German.
Mets assistant basic supervisor John Ricco in a gathering with reporters earlier than the sport by no means talked about the problem, despite the fact that he was requested about Cespedes. Cespedes declined to speak to the media earlier than the sport and talked about the heel drawback solely when requested particularly about his accidents.
Earlier within the interview he was bemoaning the truth that “individuals on social media’’ don’t perceive how laborious he’s working.
It wasn’t too way back Cespedes was exhibiting off his excessive exercise of doing 900-pound squats for ESPN. Now he’s transferring gingerly on the bottom paths. When he grounded out within the eighth inning he ran slowly to first and ever so slowly walked again to the dugout, showing to be in ache.
Now we all know why. Mickey Callaway made a passing reference to Cespedes’ hip, leg and “heel’’ points earlier than the sport.
In video games that Cespedes has appeared, the Mets are 20-18 this season. Minus Cespedes the Mets are 20-37. In 2017 he appeared in solely half the video games, 81.
They can’t presumably count on him to play left area on this situation.
A participant makes the ultimate name on having surgical procedure. That is the place Cespedes is at proper now.
There is not any denying what Cespedes means to the lineup. Jacob deGrom mentioned it greatest earlier than the sport, noting that with “one swing he can change the sport.’’
The Mets had been main 3-Zero in opposition to German after a three-run first inning, nevertheless it was Cespedes’ dwelling run that gave the Mets an emotional carry. It was Cespedes’ ninth dwelling run of the season.
Cespedes can hit. He can’t keep within the lineup.
Certainly not with two unhealthy heels that want surgical procedure that may maintain him sidelined for almost a 12 months.