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.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.