Brodie Van Wagenen Unsure If Yoenis Cespedes Will Play In 2020

Outfielder Is Still Rehabbing Injuries

Alec Gearty
November 04, 2019 - 2:21 pm
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Yoenis Cespedes' long awaited return to the Mets' lineup doesn't appear to be anywhere in sight. 

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After he introduced Carlos Beltran as the team's newest manager Monday morning, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was unsure if Cespedes will take the field on Opening Day - let alone at all - next season. 

Van Wagenen says it's "too early to tell," according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. Adding, "I don't have enough information to predict when he's going to be back."

Cespedes missed the entire 2019 season from an injury he sustained in May. The Mets outfielder suffered multiple fractures in his right ankle after he stepped into a hole on his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He underwent a procedure shortly after, ending his 2019 campaign before he was able to step onto the field.

He missed a significant portion of last season due to a lingering heel injury. Cespedes had multiple surgeries done to remove bone calcification in both heels. He's yet to return to the Mets on a full-time basis. 

Cespedes has yet to live up to the substantial four-year, $110 million contract he signed in 2016. The deal included a no-trade clause and Cespedes is set to make $29.5 million in 2020 — the final year of his deal. He's appeared in 119 games since he inked the fifth largest contract in Mets' history. 

The 34-year-old, however, continues his attempt for a comeback. Van Wagenen revealed the outfielder is rehabbing his injuries following the repeated roadblocks from a season ago. 

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