This news comes in the aftermath of Monday’s announcement that Cespedes suffered a “violent fall” on his ranch that resulted in multiple fractures of his right ankle. This surgery is presumably meant to repair the damage incurred by that fall, although the Mets have not been forthcoming with any specifics regarding the surgery so far.
Cespedes had been spending the 2019 season rehabbing from last summer’s dual heel surgery, which he underwent to remove calcifications. Cespedes played just 38 games in 2018 and will not play a single game in 2019. The 33-year-old is under contract through next season and the Mets will likely recoup a substantial portion of his 2019 salary, either via insurance or a successful attempt to void his contract or reach a settlement, which could occur if the Mets can prove that Cespedes suffered the injury during an activity prohibited in his contract. The Mets have been careful to refer to Cespedes’ injury as “non-baseball related.”
Cespdes has a career 137 wRC+ in his 307 games as a Met with 74 home runs and 201 RBIs. The Mets have not yet offered a timetable for his return.