Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes to undergo season-ending heel surgery

Yoenis Cespedes

The New York Mets have drastically underachieved to this point of the season, and now they've lost a key player to a significant injury.

Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will undergo season-ending surgery to fix calcification on both of his heels, the Mets announced Wednesday.

He's expected to miss up to 10 months of action, which could sideline him for the beginning of next season as well.

The oft-injured Cespedes had just returned from the disabled list Friday after missing two months with leg injuries. He hit an impressive home run during a weekend series with the New York Yankees before encountering the setback.

"Nobody would like to have surgery at any time. But I try to do my best to stay on the field and play a lot," Cespedes said via an interpreter on Wednesday. "We had exhausted all the conservative treatment options. ... I was not able to be on the field and play the way I used to."

Cespedes also revealed his heel problems have bothered him for the past 15 years, causing him to miss several games over the years that may have appeared to onlookers as routine rest days.

Yoenis Cespedes

The Mets, who have stumbled to a 42-57 record and sit in the basement of the National League East standings, are remaining coy about their plans leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.

"Certainly when you don't have one of your best players on the field, you have to look at your team differently," assistant general manager John Ricco said, when asked if Cespedes' injury changes the Mets' trade-deadline strategy. "At this point, we just found this information out in the last day or so. I think it's a little bit too quick to speculate as to how we're going to change our plan moving forward."

New York is 14 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the division lead and 12 1/2 games out of a NL wild-card spot, so it's very likely the team will be looking to trade players at the deadline rather than add to the roster.

Cespedes, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove recipient in 2015, finishes his 2018 campaign with a .262/.325/.496 slash line with nine homers and 29 RBIs in only 38 games. Injuries also limited him to only 81 games last year.

The Cuban slugger signed a four-year, $110-million deal with the Mets in 2016. Luckily, the Mets have insurance on his monster deal and will be protected moving forward.

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