Mets center fielder Juan Lagares, who played in his first official rehab game with St. Lucie on Sunday, has moved on to Triple-A Las Vegas to continue his rehab assignment with the 51s.
Lagares, 25, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 15 with a pulled right hamstring, and is eligible to be activated on April 30.
Prior to getting injured, Lagares – aside from playing his now expected spectacular brand of defense – was one of the lone offensive bright spots for the Mets.
Over the weekend, manager Terry Collins said he was unsure if Lagares would rejoin the club on April 30 when he is first eligible, or if his activation will come shortly after.
Juan Lagares played seven innings in center field during yesterday’s rehab game with High-A St. Lucie, and is expected to be in the lineup for the 51s on Monday night.
If Lagares plays nine innings for Las Vegas on both Monday and Tuesday, one would think that he’ll be ready to return to the Mets on April 30.
However, there are two things that may delay his activation.
The first, is the fact that the Mets have been very deliberate with Lagares’ injury thus far.
The second, is the fact that in order for him to be activated on April 30, the Mets would be flying Lagares across the country to Philadelphia for him to turn right back around that same day and fly out to Colorado.
It may make more sense for Lagares to rejoin the club on May 1 when the Mets open a four-game set in Denver against the Rockies.
Either way, Lagares’ return should signal Eric Young, Jr.’s shift to the bench.