by Alex Poletti
In another tragic setback for the often-injured all star Mets outfielder, team doctors have reported that Yoenis Cespedes suffered multiple fractures in his right ankle after watching a baseball game on his TV at his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
“I know I shouldn’t have been doing that,” the former Oakland A says. “It was irresponsible activity. With my injury history, I shouldn’t be watching baseball, it’s just too risky.”
According to the doctor’s report, Cespedes turned on the Mets game against the Marlins to see how his team was doing. The presence of baseball on the television was enough to completely destroy Cespedes’ ankle.
“I turned on the game to see what the team was looking like,” Cespedes explains. “I haven’t been in the dugout for so long, I just wanted to make sure all of the Mets were still there. Anyway, I guess that just watching reminded my ankle what it was like to play baseball, and it broke right then.”
Cespedes had one of his best seasons in 2015, when he was traded at the deadline to the New York Mets. Hitting 17 home runs in the second half of the season, he led the Amazin’ Mets to a World Series berth, losing to Kansas City in 5 games.
Before the 2017 season, the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year finalist signed a four-year, $110 million contract; like many big contracts in franchise history, the Mets have failed to get what they bargained for, as Cespedes has only played 117 games due to injuries since then.
“We’re disheartened to hear about the injury,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway says. “But really, Yoenis should be more responsible. He knows how often he gets injured. Watching TV was clearly going to aggravate something.”
No one is more familiar with Cespedes’ injury history than New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who previously worked as the Home Run Derby champion’s agent.
“This guy gets hurt like no one’s business,” Van Wagenen says. “I practically had to duct-tape him together for his meeting with New York management when they wanted to re-sign him.”
The timetable for Cespedes’ return has been pushed back significantly as a result of this injury. He most likely will not return until the start of the 2020 season. However, there is hope that the slugger can return to form soon.
“We think that Yoenis can make a full recovery from this injury and be the productive player he once was,” Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek says. “As long as he doesn’t throw, bat, ride horses, watch TV, eat or move, he should be good.”