May 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Lagares took live batting practice Monday


As he continues to work his way back from a strained right intercostal, Juan Lagares took live batting practice on Monday, hitting off John Lannan in Port St. Lucie.

The next step for Lagares – and the final one before he returns to the Mets – would seemingly be playing in rehab games.


Juan Lagares, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 2 with a strained right intercostal, has been making progress in Port St. Lucie as he works his way back from the injury.

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.

Thoughts:

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.

Regardless of the order in which they’re removed from the roster, the Mets are likely to subtract Andrew Brown and Matt den Dekker, while adding Young, Jr. and Lagares in the coming days.

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