The New York Mets know they will be without their best hitter, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, for a significant portion of the 2019 season due to rehab from a pair of heel surgeries. It turns out that delay could be extended ever so slightly due to poor planning. Cespedes’ second heel surgery, which was initially scheduled for October 23rd, has been delayed for a few days due to a scheduling conflict, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Despite the delay, there is no change to Cespedes’ late February/early March timetable to resume baseball activities.
Cespedes underwent the first surgery in late August and reported that it was a success, so the hopes are that the second will help him avoid the leg injuries that have plagued the Mets for the past few years. The timetable is in line for what Michael Conforto did last spring, and he managed to return on April 5th, beating a May 1st timetable to get back on the field. Conforto struggled mightily in the first half and regained his form in the second, perhaps a sign that he rushed back from the injury and needed a full spring training’s worth of at bats to shake off the rust from a lack of offseason prep. The Mets will likely learn from that in Cespedes’ situation, giving him all the time he needs to get into game shape before he rejoins the roster.