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Mets: Juan Lagares’ X-rays come back negative

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Oct 28, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) cannot catch a ball hit for a single by Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (not pictured) in the fourth inning in game two of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) cannot catch a ball hit for a single by Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (not pictured) in the fourth inning in game two of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets OF Juan Lagares left a winter league game early on Saturday after diving for a ball.

Even in the offseason the Mets aren’t safe from injuries. Jeez. As if last season wasn’t enough, here’s our first news of more (potential) injuries.

Lagares was playing in a winter league game in the Dominican Republic on Saturday. He was taken out of the game after he dived for a ball in the outfield and came down hard on his throwing shoulder.

At first he was not thought to be seriously injured. To confirm this, he had X-rays taken on Sunday and luckily these X-rays came back negative, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

Despite these negative results, Lagares will still be sent to New York to be looked at by Mets doctors.

Well, I’m not going to lie, when I first saw the headline that Lagares was taken out of a winter league game after making a diving catch I groaned “not again.”

In case you don’t remember, Lagares was on the DL for a good portion of this past season – and it stemmed from him (again) making a phenomenal diving catch and injuring himself. He originally tried to play through this injury but ended up having surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his left thumb.

Lagares did return to the Mets in a limited role back in September.

I’m glad to hear that the X-rays came back negative, obviously, but at the same time, I can’t help but start to worry about the health of our players already. This past season was horrific with all of the injuries, and this upcoming season cannot follow suit.

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Hopefully, this is just a minor incident on Lagares’ path to coming back to being the Juanny Beisbol we all knew. Despite Curtis Granderson most likely starting in center this upcoming season, Lagares will also see some time there. I know I want to see many more amazing diving catches – but without injuries please.

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