Jun 1, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) steals second in front of the tag attempt of Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) during the first inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
After appearing as a pinch hitter on Saturday, Lagares started Sunday’s game but exited in the 10th inning after feeling the rib cage tighten up.
Since den Dekker was already optioned, the only way he would be able to return so quickly is if Lagares (or another player) is placed on the disabled list.
Juan Lagares heading back to New York could be the club being overly cautious.
Lagares was fine enough to pinch hit Saturday and was fine to play on Sunday.
If all he felt during the game was “tightness,” this doesn’t sound like a re-injury and/or a worsening of the problem.
However, if the rib cage injury is something that is going to persist for more than a few days, the Mets will have to either play a man short on the bench or place Lagares on the 15-day disabled list.