Apr 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) pulls into third base after hitting a triple against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Lagares is nearing a return


Mets center fielder Juan Lagares, who was placed on the disabled list with a pulled right hamstring on April 15, is nearing a return.

Lagares, eligible to return on April 30, has begun getting at bats in extended spring training games in Port St. Lucie, and is expected to head to Triple-A Las Vegas for a brief rehab assignment in the coming days.

According to Mets manager Terry Collins, it isn’t yet certain whether Lagares will be activated from the disabled list on April 30, or if his activation will come shortly thereafter.

Thoughts:

When Juan Lagares returns, he needs to be immediately inserted as the every day starting fielder – the job he has rightfully won.

Yes, Eric Young, Jr. has been doing a solid job, but he simply doesn’t have the defensive or offensive chops that should relegate Lagares to a part-time role.

 

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  • RONBO19

    Danny, you are spot on as the outfield defense has suffered since Lagare’s went down. It’s not so much bad play or error’s by Newie or Jones, but the amount of catches that weren’t made was noticeable for sure.

  • SL

    Exactly. The only guy on the roster now who approaches his d is Captain Kirk. Lagares should play 6 days a week, with EY, CY and Grandy rotating the other 3 positions with Grandy getting the majority unless, or until he proves that the .125 average is the real thing and not a fluke bad month.