Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes addresses the media in a press conference on July 25, 2018, announcing he will undergo season-ending surgery on his heels.


Cespedes Expects To Play This Season

'I Can Walk Without Any Pain'

February 15, 2019 - 2:32 pm


Yoenis Cespedes spoke to the media for the first time since September on Friday from Port St. Lucie, as he continues to rehab from the second of his two heel surgeries. Cespedes told the media "at this moment, I do feel like I will return." 

The Mets clearly don't want to rush him back this season. When they brought him back last season, he quickly went back to the DL and sat out the rest of the season. Cespedes isn't sure exactly when he will be back.

"It may be three months, it may be two months, it may be one month," Cespedes said.

Cespedes explained to the media how bored he's been not being able to play. 

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"It's been frustrating for me so far because I love baseball and I've been out of the game a few months now," Cespedes said. “I don’t like watching games like that because it frustrates me to watch, knowing I can’t help. This year I’m going to be trying to watch a lot more so I can call the players and I can be rooting for them and supporting them in the best way I can."

The Mets power-hitting outfielder also said he's feeling around 50% at the moment and that he can "definitely walk without any pain." That's a good sign as he progresses towards getting closer to being back on the field. The Mets are expecting to get their slugger back sometime in the second half of the season. They likely will play it safe and make sure he's 100%, whether it's in July, August, or September. 

Luckily, GM Brodie Van Wagenen did get the team some depth in the outfield to hold down the fort until Cespedes does return to left field. Jeff McNeil is expected to play there for the time being next to Brandon Nimmo in center and Michael Conforto in right. Keon Broxton and Juan Lagares are also expected to see some time in the outfield this season as well.