New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will officially miss all of 2019 after having surgery on his injured ankle.
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes makes a big impact on the game when he’s healthy, however, he has struggled to stay on the field. He played in only 38 games last season after only 81 in 2017, and the Cuban slugger will not play a game in 2019.
Cespedes, who fractured his ankle on his ranch, had surgery on the injured ankle and will miss the rest of 2019 per the Associated Press. He had been expected to miss the first half of the season after having surgery to remove calcification from his feet. He expected to be able to return to action at some point this season prior to this new, mysterious injury.
He has been highly productive when he’s played, slashing .282/.346/.543 since joining the team in a 2015 trade. His bat propelled the team to a World Series appearance in his first season with the team.
La Potencia is under contract for one more year, although it’s been suggested that the team could try to get out from under that commitment. There is obviously some concern how Cespedes, who will be 34 on Opening Day 2020, will return after missing a year and a half of major league action.
His injury means that the team will definitely be unable to combine Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo with Cespedes this year in their outfield. It also means that the team will likely continue playing Jeff McNeil in the outfield once he returns to action.
Cespedes had a great start to his Mets career, but it seems more and more likely that he’ll go down as another player fans will wonder what would have been had he stayed healthy.