Just days after activating him from the disabled list, the Mets have placed Yoenis Cespedes back on the disabled list. Cespedes returned on Friday night and hit a home run as the Mets’ designate hitter in the first game of the rain-shortened weekend Subway Series, but after the game, he told reporters that he’s dealt with a calcification issue in both of his heels that might require surgery that would keep him out for eight-to-ten months.
That was the beginning of the Mets circus over the course of the rest of the weekend. The next day, manager Mickey Callaway said at a press conference that he wasn’t aware of what Cespedes said, only to walk that back the following day. Cespedes didn’t play on Saturday and wasn’t in the lineup for Sunday’s game, which was rained out.
The team sent Cespedes for an examination with a specialist regarding the heel issue—which was known to the team on at least a basic level, per comments from front office member John Ricco—and told reporters earlier today that there’d be an update on Cespedes before tonight’s game. And well after that, the team simply said he was placed on the disabled list and that the team is still awaiting a second opinion. Mike Puma of the Post reported that Cespedes was, as of this morning, leaning toward season-ending surgery.
Combined with the DFA of Ty Kelly, this move officially clears room on the team’s active roster for infielders Phillip Evans and Jeff McNeil, both of whom were called up today.