NEW YORK – The New York Mets announced Monday that Yoenis Cespedes broke his right ankle in an accident on his ranch.
The oft-injured slugger has been sidelined most of the past two seasons and was home recovering from surgery on both heels. New York had hoped he could return sometime after the All-Star break, but this latest setback certainly puts Cespedes' entire season, and perhaps his career, in jeopardy.
General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the team was informed Saturday night that Cespedes suffered multiple ankle fractures on his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where the club's spring training complex is located. "He had a violent fall in which he stepped in a hole and put his leg and foot in a difficult position," said Van Wagenen, who was Cespedes' agent before becoming GM of the Mets last offseason.
Cespedes, 33, enjoys riding horses. He told the team he did not fall off a horse, but Van Wagenen — declining to offer more specifics — said the injury was not baseball-related.
That could impact how much money the Mets can recoup on Cespedes' contract. The two-time All-Star has played only 119 games since signing a $110 million, four-year deal.