The Mets announced Monday that Juan Lagares has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right intercostal.
Lagares had flown back to New York to have an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The MRI revealed the strain.
To replace Lagares on the 25-man roster, Matt den Dekker was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Lagares was scratched from Saturday’s game with rib cage spasms, but swung a bat prior to Sunday’s contest and felt no pain – prompting the team to return him to the starting lineup.
However, during Sunday’s game, Lagares felt the area tighten up, and was removed during the 10th inning.
With Lagares out until at least June 17, the Mets find themselves without two of the four outfielders they’ve been rolling out on a regular basis in 2014 (Eric Young, Jr. is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled hamstring).
Curtis Granderson will almost certainly continue to play every day.
With the injury to Lagares, it’s likely that Chris Young – who has struggled mightily on both sides of the ball and has been losing playing time as of late – will get regular time in center field.
As far as how long Lagares might be out, an example can be taken from the intercostal injury David Wright suffered in 2013.
Wright was diagnosed with the same injury Lagares has during spring training on March 15, swung a bat for the first time since the injury on March 23, and was ready for Opening Day on April 1.
If Lagares’ injury is similar in severity to Wright’s, it’s a safe bet that he’ll be back right around the time he’s eligible.