3:40 pm: Juan Lagares says he is 100 percent healthy and ready to return to the Mets.
“My leg feels loose. It feels good,” Lagares said (Las Vegas Review-Journal, Apr. 30). “I think right now I’m 100 percent.”
April 29: The Mets hope to activate Lagares from the disabled list on Thursday, Terry Collins told reporters in Philadelphia this week.
Collins said he intends to talk later this week with Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. about the pending outfield rotation, which should never result in a player sitting in back-to-back game.
“They’re all good, and we can only play three of them. That’s the general message,” Collins said (ESPN, Apr. 29). “There’s no other way to really phrase it.”
Lagares was put on the disabled list in mid April with a pulled right hamstring. He had been hitting .314 with a .345 OBP, five extra base hits and seven RBI in the 13 games he played prior to injuring his leg.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Well, this should be fun… Yikes. If I had to guess, I’d say Chris Young will be the first to sit, since Collins will probably want Lagares patrolling Coors Field. This means Granderson and Eric Young Jr. will probably each sit one of the next two nights. Let’s assume Lagares gets a break Sunday. I can’t see this going on forever, though. Eventually, I expect this will settle in to something stable, either because of performance, injury or need.