UPDATE, 4:05 PM:
Juan Lagares is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list by the end of the week, likely for the start of the Mets’ series in Colorado on Thursday.
After getting at-bats during extended spring training games and playing seven innings in a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares shifted to Triple-A Las Vegas Monday night as he nears a return from the disabled list.
Apr 9, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) makes a catch against Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (not shown) during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Lagares was placed on the disabled list on April 15 with a pulled right hamstring, and is eligible to return Wednesday.
During his rehab game Monday night in Las Vegas, Lagares led off and played all nine innings in center field.
Lagares went 1 for 4, with a line drive single in his second at-bat, and looked to be running the bases at max-effort and without pain.
While Lagares is eligible to return from the disabled list on April 30, it may make sense for the Mets to wait an extra day and activate him for Thursday’s series-opener against the Rockies in Colorado.
The Mets wouldn’t only be flying Lagares across the country twice in less than a day if they activated him in Philadelphia.
They’d also be activating him for a game that may not be played. Even if Thursday’s game is played, it will most likely be in cold, rainy weather – not ideal for any player, let alone one who’s coming back from a hamstring injury.