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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Report: Yoenis Cespedes injured ankle at ranch sidestepping wild boar

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Yoenis Cespedes missed all of last season with an ankle injury that came as he was recovering from surgery to both of his heels. Now we know how he suffered the injury.

At the time he initially suffered the injury, the public was informed that Cespedes was hurt at his ranch. The New York Post published a story on Friday that provides more background to the matter.

The Post’s Joel Sherman, Ken Davidoff and Mike Puma say Cespedes was hurt stepping into a hole at his ranch during an interaction with a wild boar. A wild boar. Yes, a wild boar.

From the Post:

According to multiple people who were informed of the incident, Cespedes has traps on his ranch for a variety of reasons, including to keep boars away from people. But one boar was removed from a trap — perhaps by Cespedes — and either charged toward Cespedes or startled him, causing Cespedes to step into a hole.

And just like that, Cespedes fractured his ankle.

Cespedes’ status for 2019 was already in question due to the heel surgeries that ended his 2018 season, so the ankle injury on top of it did not help matters.

The Commissioners Office and Players Association got involved in the situation because the Mets wanted to withhold salary from Cespedes, feeling he may have violated terms of his contract with the way he got hurt. The two sides ended up agreeing to a salary adjustment for 2020. Cespedes has only played in 119 games since signing a 4-year, $110 million contract extension with the Mets prior to the 2017 season. 2020 will be his final year under contract with the team.

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