The New York Mets can put any dreams of a Yoenis Cespedes return in 2019 to rest following his most recent injury.
Although his return was always questionable, at best, Yoenis Cespedes’ 2019 season appears to be over before it started. The New York Mets announced on Monday that Cespedes had fractured his ankle on his ranch according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
The team didn’t offer too much information about the injury, but the injury was sustained during a “violent fall” although the fall didn’t involve riding a horse. OK.
It’s safe to assume that this will end any chance of seeing Cespedes return this season. Since signing a four-year, $110 million contract in 2017, Cespedes has failed to produce. When he’s on the field, he’s one of the best right-handed hitters in baseball.
However, he’s only played in 119 games since the 2017 season. He hasn’t been able to stay on the field and there has always been some level of drama surrounding his injuries. Whether it’s his golfing from a few years ago or this “violent fall” more recently, the optics have not been great.
The Mets are struggling mightily and the recent rumblings about manager Mickey Callaway’s job security were supposed to be the main subject of Monday’s press conference. However, the Cespedes bombshell stole the spotlight. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen reiterated the support within the organization for Callaway.
The Mets begin a four-game set with the Washington Nationals on Monday. With all of the chaos unfolding around the Mets, Monday’s game feels much more important than any game in May should.