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Report: Yoenis Céspedes to be placed on 10-day disabled list

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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are expected to place outfielder Yoenis Céspedes on the 10-day disabled list due to calcification in both heels. Céspedes was on the disabled list between May 14 and July 19 due to a strained hip flexor. He went 2-for-5 on Friday, his first game back, and hasn’t played since due to the heel issue. Puma notes that Céspedes is considering season-ending surgery.

Céspedes, 32, has hit .262/.325/.496 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 157 plate appearances this season. He’s in the second year of a four-year, $110 million contract signed in November 26. He is earning $29 million this season and will earn another $29 million next season followed by $29.5 million in 2020.

The 40-57, last-place Mets have been playing Michael Conforto in left field since late June with Brandon Nimmo playing mostly center field and Jose Bautista handling right field. That figures to be the case, for the most part, going forward.

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.