On a hectic day at Citi Field, the distraught New York Mets announced they remained loyal to crisis manager Mickey Callaway "for the foreseeable future" – and fired gunman Yoenis Cespedes had broken his right ankle in an accident on his ranch.
Cespedes did not play this season after undergoing surgery to eliminate calcification on his two heels last year. These surgeries were to keep him away at least half of this season, but this last setback puts the entire Cespedes season in jeopardy.
Chief Executive Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday that the team had learned Saturday night that Céspedes had broken his right ankle during a fall on his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where is the club 's spring training complex, and had suffered multiple fractures at the time of the accident.
"He made a violent fall during which he entered a hole and put his leg and foot in a difficult position," said Van Wagenen.
Cespedes, 33, has returned to New York for further evaluation at the Special Surgical Hospital, said Van Wagenen, adding that Céspedes had told the team that he was not falling for A horse. Van Wagenen said that it was too early to speculate on the duration of the last injury to Cespedes.
Van Wagenen also said the team called a meeting on Monday to "make coaches, Mickey … and players aware" that the front office had given full support to Callaway.
"Mickey is our manager now," said Van Wagenen. "Mickey is our manager for the future."
Calloway's work has been widely believed to be jeopardized by the Marlins' last weekend's sweep.
"I think Mickey has the respect of the players," said Van Wagenen. "… We think Mickey has the pulse of the clubhouse and that the support he's got around him will be the key to success."
Callaway also spoke on Monday and reversed the course of the team's latest controversy: Robinson Cano's failure after a Sunday strike. It was the second time in three days that Cano had failed to get a ball out of the ground.
After defending the second baseman Sunday, Calloway called Monday such behavior "unacceptable".
"He understands that it's unacceptable not to argue," Callaway said. "He understands that he has to do it anytime."
Cano was off the Mets list Monday night for the first game of a series against the Nationals at Citi Field. Calloway said that he had spoken to Cano many times.
Calloway refused to call it a bench, saying that Cano needs a day off. Jeff McNeil starts at second base.
"Things are piling up on Robbie right now," Callaway said Sunday. "Come on, let's face it – the ball falls foul and turns into fair play territory." He saw the ball hit, and by the time he looked back, the ball had gone into the field of play and the The game was over, things are going like that, when things are bad. "
The information provided by The Associated Press has been used in this report.