It really feels like we’re writing about a new injury every day, and Thursday was not the exception.
During the first game of their four-game series against the Washington Nationals, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares suffered a fractured left thumb.
With such a serious injury, Lagares is destined for the disabled list likely starting tomorrow, and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Lagares’ injury, like Neil Walker‘s, comes in possibly the worst time for both Juan and the Mets. The center fielder had actually been playing quite well since getting some more time in the starting lineup. In relatively limited time this season, Lagares has hit .275 with an on-base percentage of .323 and a .418 slugging line.
His RBI triple in Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs tied up the game in a crucial moment, and enabled the Mets to come back and eventually overtake the defending World Series champions in the series finale.
Add to that the fact that Lagares is still a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder (he demonstrated it on Thursday night throwing out Bryce Harper at the plate), and you can definitely guarantee the Mets will miss him while he’s out of the lineup.
As far as possible replacements go, the organization will likely look towards another outfielder that can fill in at center. Brandon Nimmo could get the call up and play the role of fifth outfielder, with (hopefully) Michael Conforto playing the bulk of the time in the outfield.
Conforto is unfortunately still not a sure thing due his own back issues. Michael sat out of the starting lineup for a fourth straight game, so it’ll be interesting to see what general manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins do going forward with the outfield.