05/20 18:18 CDT Callaway stays; Cspedes takes fall, breaks ankle on ranch
Callaway stays; Cspedes takes fall, breaks ankle on ranch
By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- Turns out Yoenis Cspedes took the fall, not Mickey Callaway.
On a hectic afternoon at Citi Field, the slumping New York Mets announced
Monday they are sticking with their embattled manager "for the foreseeable
future" --- and Cspedes broke his right ankle in an accident on his ranch.
The oft-injured slugger has been sidelined most of the past two seasons and was
home recovering from surgery on both heels. New York had hoped he could return
sometime after the All-Star break, but this latest setback certainly puts
Cspedes' entire season --- and perhaps his career --- in jeopardy.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the team was informed Saturday night
that Cspedes got hurt on his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the
club'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," said Van Wagenen, who was Cspedes agent before
becoming GM of the Mets last offseason.
The 33-year-old Cspedes enjoys riding horses. He told the team he did not fall
off a horse, but Van Wagenen --- declining to offer more specifics --- said the
injury was not from a baseball-related activity.
That could impact how much money the Mets can recoup in insurance on Cspedes'
contract or whether he was involved in an activity prohibited by the deal's
guarantee language. The two-time All-Star, who helped lead the team to the 2015
World Series and a 2016 playoff appearance, has played only 119 games since
signing a $110 million, four-year deal before the 2017 season.
Van Wagenen, who was with the Mets in Miami last weekend, said he left the club
to go see Cspedes on Sunday and make sure he receives the best medical care.
The outfielder was in New York being examined at the Hospital for Special
Surgery, and Van Wagenen said it was too soon to speculate how long his latest
injury might keep him out.
Cspedes had separate operations to remove calcification and bone spurs from
both heels, the first last August and the second in late October.
In other news, second baseman Robinson Can was out of the lineup --- for
multiple reasons, according to Callaway --- after failing to run out two balls
Callaway said Can was on the bench against Nationals left-hander Patrick
Corbin because Can has struggled against lefties, "he understands that it's
unacceptable to not run balls out" and the 36-year-old slugger could use a day
Right-hander Seth Lugo, one of New York's most valuable and reliable relievers,
was placed on the 10-day injured list with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder.
The team selected the contract of left-hander Hector Santiago from Triple-A
Syracuse and transferred infielder Jed Lowrie to the 60-day injured list.
Van Wagenen said the move won't affect the timetable for Lowrie, yet to make
his Mets debut after signing a $20 million, two-year contract in the offseason.
He sprained his left knee capsule early in spring training and then hurt a
hamstring this month while on his rehab assignment, the Mets said.
New York (20-25) had lost a season-worst five straight and 21 of 32 overall
heading into the opener of a seven-game homestand Monday night against NL East
rival Washington. Missing injured slugger Michael Conforto (concussion), the
listless Mets were swept in three games at lowly Miami over the weekend and
totaled only three hits in consecutive shutouts Saturday and Sunday.
With questions intensifying about Callaway's job security in his second season
as manager, the Mets held a meeting Monday with players and coaches to declare
support for Callaway and his staff.
"Mickey is our manager now. Mickey is our manager going forward," Van Wagenen
said at a news conference attended by chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.
"We're not looking to blame a manager," the GM added. "He has our full support
to lead this team for the foreseeable future."
After putting Lugo on the injured list, New York switched course a bit and
chose Wilmer Font (0-1, 9.95 ERA) over fellow right-hander Drew Gagnon (1-0,
4.09) to start Monday night in place of injured Jason Vargas. Callaway said
with Lugo out, the team was confident in Gagnon's ability to help protect a
potential lead out of the bullpen.
Van Wagenen also said Conforto has been symptom-free for the past three days.
The outfielder is on the seven-day concussion list.
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