Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes made his comeback to the lineup on Friday night, and everything about his return went great. He hit a homer and finished 2-for-4 in the win.
But his night wasn't all smiles.
Cespedes broke some big news to reporters after the game, saying the root of all his medical issues this season is in fact calcification in both heels.
"I've realized that the cause of my problems are my heels," he said through an interpreter in his postgame interview. "Because when I feel some pain in my heels, I started to modify my walking way, my running way, or even my standing. That's the main reason why I'm having these problems in my legs."
The veteran outfielder added that surgery is the only way to fix this issue, and the the expected recovery time is 8-10 months.
So, it appears Cespedes will have to battle through his ailment, something he couldn't commit to doing when asked if he can finish the season strong. He says he is "still thinking about" having the surgery done now rather than later.
The 32-year-old has been out since May 14 with a strain in his right hip flexor. He entered tonight's contest with a .255/.316/.474 slash line over 37 games this season.
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While it's admirable that Cespedes has battled to return while obviously a shell of himself physically, him playing through something like this in a lost season instead of getting surgery out of the way makes absolutely zero sense.
With Cespedes unsure if he can even get through the remainder of the season, Mickey Callaway saying things are so bad that Cespedes might be a late scratch from time-to-time, and Cespedes noticeably limping after the game when he walked out to meet his teammates, this situation is incredibly curious.
If Cespedes has the surgery now, the timetable would have him ready sometime between March and May. If he waits until after the season, the timetable would have him ready sometime between June and August. So again, what's the point of playing right now?