Van Wagenen said Cespedes is in a NY hospital getting his ankle examined after a "violent fall" caused by stepping in a hole, according to Tim Healey of Newsday.
Prior to the freak injury, the Mets had hoped that Cespedes, who had been recovering from surgery on both his heels, would be able to return at some point this season. The team doesn't have a timetable for Cespedes' recovery.
Cespedes, 32, played 102 games for the Tigers during the 2015 season, hitting.293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs.
"We called a meeting today with the coaching staff and with the players", Van Wagenen said.
Pinch-hitter Dominic Smith delivered a two-out RBI single in the eighth on the first pitch from left-hander Tony Sipp, who came off the injured list earlier in the day. But the player is expected to miss the majority of this season. "The accountability that will ultimately fall on this team, I want to place on my shoulders", Van Wagenen said. "He has our full support to lead this team for the foreseeable future".
Setting aside the financial issues that ownership has wrought over the last decade, it is a club that has seemingly always struggled with injuries, has gotten off to a poor start this year, invested significantly under the direction of a new front office in an attempt to be competitive this year, has a manager on an extremely hot seat, and now, it won't be getting back one of its best bats.
Anthony Rizzo tried to outrun a Bryce Harper throw and it did not end well for the Chicago Cubs first baseman as his team lost 5-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies. Callaway said he did not know whether Conforto would be activated when first eligible on Friday.
Wilmer Font, after some confusion, will take the mound on Monday night.