Mets center fielder Juan Lagares pulled his right hamstring while beating out a potential double play ball on Monday night. According to Marc Carig of Newsday, citing a source, the Mets will place Lagares on the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday night’s game in Arizona.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis is en-route from Triple-A Las Vegas and is expected to replace Lagares on the roster.
Lagares will be eligible to return on April 30.
This is unfortunate for both Juan Lagares and the Mets.
Lagares had entrenched himself as the starting center fielder and was performing tremendously on the offensive side of things.
For the Mets, losing Lagares now means that they’ll be shorthanded in the outfield until Friday, when Chris Young is expected to be activated from the disabled list.
Let’s hope that when Lagares returns (hopefully the day he is eligible) he slides right back into the every day lineup in center field. Anything other than that outcome would be a disservice to both Lagares and the team as a whole.