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This Week in Mets Quotes: Cespedes says he needs season ending surgery, five days later Mets Management agrees

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Lots of interesting, funny, idiotic, and insightful things were said by the Mets—and about them—recently. Here are some of our favorites.

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Your 2018 New York Mets – That’s concerning.

”That’s concerning.” –Mickey Callaway regarding that Cespedes wasn’t fit to play one day after returning from the DL [MLB]

July 20, 2018

“I realize what is causing my problems are my heels. When I feel some pain on my heels, I started to modify my walking, my running, even my standing. That’s the main cause I am having [of] these problems in my leg. The only way that I can avoid my heels from keep bothering me or getting me hurt is having the surgery. I’m still thinking about [having the surgery] because the recovery process takes 8-to-10 months.” –Yoenis Cespedes [New York Post]

July 21, 2018

“I didn’t get to read any of the stuff [Cespedes] said or hear it so I am not quite exactly sure what he said, but I know he came in pretty sore today and we are not going to start him.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Post]

”We thought his heels were in a really good spot coming in, or we wouldn’t have activated him. He was good to go. He was in a good spot. As far as what the doctors have advised Yo -- or know about it -- I wasn’t in the room. It would be tough for me to speculate on anything.” –Mickey Callaway [MLB]

July 22, 2018 – There’s no disconnect between Cespedes and management.

“Whether [surgery] was his final decision or not, he said it, and we have to take that seriously. We’ll have him see our doctors, they’ll sit down and talk about it, see where he is, and a decision will be made. I don’t think it’s a disconnect. It’s not like he’s been saying this for months and we just haven’t been listening. For the first time, to our knowledge, he even was considering the surgery was when he said that on Friday.” –John Ricco [Newsday]

My takeaway, players really shouldn’t agree with whatever ‘treatment’ the Mets give them.

”We’re not at odds with him by any stretch. He’s agreed with, every step of the way, the treatment that we’ve given him, to the point where he was anxious to come back. He was feeling good. And then he came back and felt this on Friday. There’s no disconnect between us… We’re all on the same page.” –John Ricco [MLB]

For a franchise with David Wright still (somewhat) on the payroll, I can’t believe I have to answer Ricco’s question but YES!

”He’s had this condition for years. He’s played. That’s part of the decision we have to make, along with the medical advice: is it worth shutting him down for that length of time because the bad days are too frequent, and too painful, for him to continue?” –John Ricco [MLB]

I wish Cespedes the best and hope that his recovery goes well for his baseball and non-baseball future.

”Nobody would like to go through surgery at any time. I try to do my best to stay on the field and play a lot, but we exhausted all of the conservative treatment options. … I was not able to be on the field and play the same way I used to.” –Yoenis Cespedes [MLB]

”There was a moment when we played the Yankees last weekend that I couldn’t do it any more, I knew since a long time ago that the only choice was to have surgery. But I always thought of having the surgery after I retire. I’ve been playing through this, thinking that maybe when I finish my career, I can go and have surgery. But now, in this moment, I cannot think that way any more.” –Yoenis Cespedes [MLB]

Really wonder how long ago a doctor told them that they’ve exhausted conservative option A, only for management to go to another doctor to get recommendation for conservative option B and so on to get to this point.

”You get to the point where that doesn’t make any sense, because you’re just going to stay in that cycle. We had him checked out by the doctors, and they’ve agreed that we’ve exhausted the conservative options. Now, surgery is really the only way to resolve this issue. As to whether this surgery completely heals it, there are no guarantees. But one thing is sure: This is the only option we have at this point.” –John Ricco [MLB]

Cespedes’s teammates are supportive.

”I know Cespedes and he’s going to crush his rehab, and he’s going to be just fine.” –Michael Conforto [MLB]

“It’s tough. I know the feeling. I know that thought process. You map out eight to 10 months and, ‘This is when I’m going to come back.’ It’s tough to look at it that way. For me personally, I looked at that and I was like, ‘OK, how quickly can I get back?’…It sucks.” –Michael Conforto [New York Post]

“We definitely want him to be healthy, so anything that it takes for him to be healthy, he should do. He’s trying to get to 100 percent and help out the team. If he’s not able to do that with the current state of things, he should get that fixed and be the very best player he can be.” –Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]

Never thought I’d see the day that Wilmer Flores turned into a grizzled veteran.

“Whatever is going on around us, we can’t control. Injuries are going to happen, but whoever is playing out there should just concentrate on just playing.” –Wilmer Flores [New York Post]

Not having Cespedes around for a prolonged period is information management ‘just found out in the last day or so,’ So plan will have to change accordingly.

”Certainly when you don’t have one of your best players on the field, you have to look at your team differently. 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.” –John Ricco [MLB]

But is there an impact to losing Cespedes?

“Missing a big, impact bat for most of this year and part of next year is tough because he is so impactful.” Mickey Callaway [New York Post]

Best way to make a deal is to decide a level of return and immediately make a deal when someone hits that level.

“The way we handled it was we had a certain level of return we were looking for, and when one team hit that level and we were comfortable with the return, we made that deal. We had a pretty good sense as to what the rental market for a reliever would bring.” –John Ricco [New York Post]

Oh, the Mets apparently played baseball this week. Congrats to Corey Oswalt for his first ML Win.

”It was special, especially against [Corey Oswalt’s home town team The Padres]. Everybody back home was watching this one definitely. It was a good team win.” –Corey Oswalt [MLB]

Callaway acting like winning their first series since May is a something to celebrate makes me sick.

”Good homestand. Taking two out of three is nice, and I think that’s a stepping stone to where we want to get.” –Mickey Callaway [Mets]

Nimmo acting like winning their first series since May is a something to celebrate makes me swoon.

”That’s awesome, because that’s been a struggle for us. … For us to win a series, and come up with some big hits there, and come from behind, it’s been really positive. That’s fun. That’s impressive. And it gives us confidence going forward.” –Brandon Nimmo [Mets]

Sheepish Cheater.

”I just went up for it, and then I heard the ball hit the -- I guess it’s kind of like a metal, I’m not sure what kind of metal -- but a little metal piece right above the orange line. All I knew was that I had the ball in my glove, so I was just like, ‘Well, I’m going to play it like I caught it.’ I know they have replay, so I know they’ll check it. But all I knew was I jumped up and the ball ended up in my glove, so I was just going to go with that for as long as they would let me.” –Brandon Nimmo [Mets]

Mets Tweet of the Week

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“Cespedes is now holding the Met’s hostage over his surgery situation. It’s like he doesn’t want to play anymore.” -BlueNOrange33

AA Qoute of the Week

“I’m having some serious deja vu I swear this is at least the third time Ethier has officially announced his retirement.” -ZZPops

“Well, he Ethier retires, or he doesn’t.” –IPA

“That reply came straight out of the Ethier.” –Shea_hey

/This went on for a while/