The Mets are currently without starting center fielder Juan Lagares and fourth outfielder Eric Young, Jr., and it doesn’t appear as if either are on track to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible.
Sep 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) left fielder Eric Young Jr. (22) and center fielder Matt den Dekker (6) congratulate each other after a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Young, Jr. was placed on the disabled list on 5/25 with a pulled hamstring and is eligible to return on 6/9. That won’t be happening.
After running outdoors on Wednesday for the first time since suffering his injury, Young, Jr. felt tightness in his hamstring and was backed off his rehab program.
Juan Lagares, who was placed on the disabled list on 6/2 with a strained intercostal and is eligible to return on 6/17, hasn’t suffered a setback. However, according to Mets manager Terry Collins, Lagares is not yet “asymptomatic” and hasn’t advanced much as far as his rehab is concerned.
When Eric Young, Jr. and Juan Lagares both return to the roster, it’s likely that they’ll be replacing den Dekker and Andrew Brown on the 25-man roster.
The loss of Juan Lagares has been much more damaging to the Mets than the loss of Eric Young, Jr.
Aside from being phenomenal in center field, Lagares had been one of the only bright spots for the Mets offensively – and had taken over leadoff duties.
With Lagares out, the Mets have been ordinarily using Matt den Dekker at leadoff, with a few cameos from Chris Young.
Like Lagares this season, David Wright had an intercostal strain near the end of spring training in 2013. Wright missed the minimum amount of time, but it’s unlikely Lagares will be as fortunate.