Cespedes Returns with Home Run, But Imminent Heel Surgery Looms

Yoenis Cespedes narrowly hit a home run for the Mets last night in the bandbox that is Yankee Stadium. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that after the game, Cespedes broke the news that what’s been plaguing him is calcification in his heels, and if he were to undergo surgery, the recovery time would be 8-10 months.

If he got the surgery like yesterday, that would leave him ready to begin working his way back somewhere between March and May of 2019. However, Cespedes says he will consider the surgery this offseason, which would leave him out until mid-2019.

“I realize what is causing my problems are my heels,’’ Cespedes said through a translator. “When I feel some pain on my heels, I started to modify my walking, my running, even my standing. That’s the main cause I am having [of] these problems in my leg.

“The only way that I can avoid my heels from keep bothering me or getting me hurt is having the surgery.

“I’m still thinking about [having the surgery] because the recovery process takes 8-to-10 months.’’

This is a big blow for the Mets and Cespedes, who is owed $60 million through the 2020 season. If he undergoes the procedure, 2019 will likely be a wash just as 2018 and 2017 were for the slugger.

“I’ve been playing like this for the last 15 years, but as time goes by it is getting worse and worse,’’ Cespedes said.

Can he make it through the rest of this season? “I don’t know,” he said.

It’s something he is ultimately going to have to do, it’s just a matter of when.

For him and the Mets, sooner is better than later, and if he continues to run gingerly like he did Friday, there’s no way he can play in this condition.

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