The next step for Lagares – and the final one before he returns to the Mets – would seemingly be playing in rehab games.
Lagares was still suffering the effects of the strain a week ago, but has since started running, throwing, and hitting off a tee.
While Lagares is taking steps in the right direction, he is not yet been deemed ready to enter rehab games.
Lagares is eligible to return from the disabled list on June 17, but will not be ready for activation.
The 25-year-old is hitting .288/.331/.423 in 172 plate appearances for the Mets in 2014, while playing exceptional defense in center field.
As one of the lone bright spots on both sides of the ball for the Mets this season, and someone who was usually serving as the leadoff hitter, the Mets need Lagares back in the worst way.
Fellow injured outfielder Eric Young, Jr. is likely to return from his pulled hamstring on Monday, which will necessitate a roster move.
When Lagares returns, another roster move will be necessary.
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