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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has second heel surgery

Yoenis Cespedes watches the Mets play the Padres

Yoenis Cespedes watches the Mets play the Padres on July 24, 2018. Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II

Yoenis Cespedes had the second of his two heel surgeries Friday, the Mets announced.

The procedures removed bone calcification from his heels, the right one in August and the left one this week.

It’s not clear when Cespedes will be ready to play in major-league games. The timing of the second surgery — which happened in accordance with the loose schedule the Mets set over the summer — is such that Cespedes expects to be able to start baseball activities around the start of spring training but won’t be able to run yet.

“Based on what the doctor said is that after the second surgery, I have to spend four months or so [off the heel], no specifics, but then after that, I go start doing baseball activities,” Cespedes said last month. “But I cannot be running. That will happen a little later than that.”

When asked at the end of the season if the Mets will have to plan the offseason as if Cespedes will not be available in 2019, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said, “I think you probably do have to plan that way, given the fact that it’s uncertain.”

Cespedes’ heel problems, which the Mets said had bugged him for over a season, came to a head in July, when he returned from the disabled list for one game against the Yankees and after the game announced he was in extreme pain and might need surgery.

He played in only 38 games in 2018, hitting .262 with a .325 OBP and nine homers and landing on the disabled list multiple times due to leg problems.

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