After the Mets beat the Yankees on Friday night in Yoenis Cespedes' return, the slugger dropped a bombshell: He will need surgery on both of his heels at some point and the recovery time is 8-10 months.
Cespedes is not in the lineup Saturday and manager Mickey Callaway said he was unaware of Cespedes' comments from the night prior.
"I'm not quite exactly sure what he said," Callaway said Saturday prior to the Mets game against the Yankees. "I just know he came in pretty sore today."
When filled in with the news, Callaway offered empathy for Cespedes.
"That's concerning," Callaway said. "I feel bad for the guy. He has worked so hard. If you see the stuff he has to go through to get back -- he worked so hard this winter. We talked about everything that he tried to do to put himself in a good spot to come out and be healthy for the team. I feel for the guy because he's done everything he possibly can to stay healthy. It's just not happening for him."
The manager defended the organization's decision to activate Cespedes, adding they wouldn't have brought him back if they didn't think he was ready to play.
"We thought his heels were in a really good spot coming in, or we wouldn't have activated him," Callaway said. "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."