July 23, 2018 / 2:39 PM / a year ago

Mets deny disconnect with Cespedes

FILE PHOTO: Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes (52) adjusts his sunglasses during warms up before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There is no rift between the New York Mets and Yoenis Cespedes, assistant general manager John Ricco said Sunday night.

Cespedes, 32, said following a two-month stint on the disabled list for a hip flexor injury that ended Friday that he might need surgery on both heels that would require an eight- to 10-month recovery.

Ricco said Cespedes’ comments to media was the first the team had heard of a possible surgery.

“I think he probably was a little bit frustrated that it was more painful than he expected. So I can’t speak for why or how he said it, but he did say it, and I think we have to take it seriously,” Ricco said.

Cespedes was activated from the disabled list on Friday and hit a home run in his return. Because of soreness, he was scratched from the lineup Saturday and the Mets were rained out Sunday.

Cespedes will be examined by doctors on Monday, but said calcification in his heels has been an issue for 15 years.

“I don’t think it’s a disconnect,” Ricco said. “It’s not like he’s been saying this for months and we haven’t been listening. For the first time, to our knowledge, when he was considering the surgery was when he said that.”

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