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Yoenis Cespedes has heel issue that could require surgery

The outfielder gave an update on his baseball health after the Mets’ Friday night win over the Yankees.

MLB: New York Mets at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Mets’ win over the Yankees in the opening game of the Bronx edition of the Subway Series, Yoenis Cespedes told reporters that the root of all of his health issues over the past couple of years has been calcification in both of his heels. Cespedes added that surgery could be necessary for the problem and would come with an expected 8-to-10 month recovery time.

Acquired by the Mets at the trade deadline in 2015, Cespedes has been nothing short of outstanding since joining the team. The biggest issue for him over the last calendar year-plus has been staying on the field and off the disabled list, but in total—coming into the Friday night game—he’s played 307 games for the Mets with a .281/.345/.541 line and a 137 OPS+.

In 2016, Cespedes played 132 games as the Mets earned a spot in the National League Wild Card game, but last year, he played in just 81 games. And so far this year, he’s played in 38 games—including the Friday night victory.