Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes Hopeful About Playing In 2019

Yoenis Cespedes in 2017. Photo by Valerie Shoaps/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

New York Mets’ outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is keeping a positive mindset about his return to baseball after undergoing surgery on both heels in the summer. Cespedes, who played his last MLB game back in July, recently talked with reporters and said that he will be back on the field in 2019.

“I do feel like I will return. … It may be three months, it may be two months, it may be one month, but at this point, I do think I can return,” – said Cespedes. “When I do return, I plan on being 100 percent, like I was in 2015.”

According to the 33-year-old, although he is still a long way to go in the recovery process he feels like he is making great progress. 

“I can’t even say at the moment that I’m at 50 percent, but when I used to wake up [pre-surgery], I would struggle walking. But now, even at this stage of the rehab, I can definitely walk without any pain,” – he added.

Yoenis Cespedes joined New York Mets from Detroit Tigers in 2015, and helped the team to reach the World Series in his first season. After another impressive season, he signed a four-year contract, $110 million contract in 2016. Unfortunately for the Mets, he never managed to justify the money he received as he started struggling with injuries and managed to play just 119 games since then.

Cespedes’ career MLB stats include .274 batting average, 163 homers, and 524RBI.