Mets' stunner: Yoenis Cespedes fractures ankle in accident at his Florida ranch

NEW YORK — You can’t make this stuff up.

In a stunner — even for the New York Mets — GM Brodie Van Wagenen revealed Monday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes sustained multiple fractures in his right ankle during a non-baseball related accident on his Florida ranch.

Cespedes did not suffer the injury on a horse, Van Wagenen said — seriously.

“He had a violent fall in which he stepped in a hole and put his leg and foot in a difficult position,” said Van Wagenen, Cespedes’ former agent.

Asked about the validity of the incident — with details still very vague at this juncture — Van Wagenen replied: “That’s what he told us. I’m not suggesting that we do or do not have the story. He told us very clearly what happened and we made immediate action steps to try to get him up here.

“I went there yesterday and that’s why I was not with the team yesterday. I wanted to make sure the player was OK.”

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics connects on a fifth inning RBI base hit against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 23, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 29: Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates victory with team mate Yoenis Cespedes #52 during the MLB Opening Series game two between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome on March 29, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics poses with the trophy after winning Chevrolet Home Run Derby on July 15, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 08: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Boston Red Sox misplays a fly ball against the Baltimore Orioles during the game at Fenway Park on September 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 23: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Boston Red Sox fails to make a catch in left field allowing two runs to score in the 8th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Fenway Park on September 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 27: (L-R) Jose Iglesias #1, Hernan Perez #26, Yoenis Cespedes #52 and Joakim Soria #38 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a win of the game against the Minnesota Twins on April 27, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets throws his bat after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Yoenis Cespedes #52 and Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 4 to 1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets scores a run in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets fouls the ball off of his leg in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets is congratulated after he hit a game tying three run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning of a game at Citi Field on April 26, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets can not make a catch during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field on September 18, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 11: Fans cheer as Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets pulls the helmet off of teammate Yoenis Cespedes after hitting his second home run of the game in the against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 11, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on May 1, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets is hit with a gatorade bath by teamate Yoenis Cespedes #52 after he hit a walkoff home run in the ninth inning to win the game 3-2 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on April 15, 2018 in New York City. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The 33-year-old Cespedes has not played yet this season as he was progressing in his rehab after having heel surgery.

“He was making progress as many of you saw in Miami,” Van Wagenen said. “He was a number of thresholds away from being able to return to activity. It’s hard to speculate what this means going forward.”

Cespedes has two years and $58.5 million left on his contract, but sources declined to discuss whether the team plans to try and void the remainder of the deal.

“We haven’t even thought about implications to the contract,” Van Wagenen said. “Our focus now is on the player’s health and trying to get the right answers about the procedures that need to be done, if any, and what the prognosis will be coming out of this.”

The Mets received the wild news on Saturday night. Cespedes is currently being evaluated in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

“Our focus currently is to try to get him the best medical care, and then hopefully get a better idea of what this means for his future both in 2019 and beyond,” Van Wagenen said.

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