New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes fractures ankle in accident at his Florida ranch

Any hopes the New York Mets had of OF Yoenis Cespedes returning in 2019 can be kissed goodbye.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed on Monday that Cespedes had broken his right ankle in a fall at his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the team’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,” Van Wagenen summarized.

The 33-year-old returned to New York for additional evaluation at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Cespedes has not played this season as he was already rehabbing a previous heel injury. Since signing a 4-year/$110M contract in November 2016, he has appeared in a total of just 119 games.

Cespedes reportedly told the team that the injury was not the result of falling off a horse, but no further information has been shared at this time. Van Wagenen added that it is too early to put a timetable on how long the injury will take to heal.

With rumors circulating about manager Mickey Callaway’s job security, plus the club’s lousy performance of late, it has been a rough last several days for the Mets.

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