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
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.
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.