A top-10 prospect in the Yankees farm system, per MLB.com, Acevedo will take over Domingo German's place in the Yankees pitching staff following German's tough outing in Friday night's 7-5 loss to the Mets in the series opener.
"I think he was probably frustrated it was more painful than expected, so I can't speak for why or how he said it", Ricco noted.
After the game, the Mets announced the trade of closer Jeurys Familia to Oakland for a pair of prospects, infielder William Toffey and right-hander Bobby Wahl plus $1 million in global signing bonus pool allocation. Callaway had said Friday that Cespedes would be a designated hitter in the first two games of the Subway Series against the New York Yankees then possibly play the outfield in Sunday's series final.
Asked whether Cespedes' heels, hips or legs were sore, Callaway responded: It's all interconnected. "He's just sore. He ran that ball out, that ground-ball out, and he came back and he was really sore".
Cespedes, in the second year of a four-year, $110 million contract, has eight homers and 28 RBIs in 37 games this season.
"Seeing how things are going after the years, I realize that the cause of the problems are my heels, because when I feel some pain in my heels I start modifying my walking way, my running way, or even my standing", Cespedes said per the Daily News. He said surgery on both heels would fix the issue. "But he did say it and I think we have to take that seriously".
Cespedes said he didn't know whether he would be able to make it through the rest of the season.
"I've been playing like this for the last 15 years, but as time goes by it's getting worse and worse", he said.