Today the New York Mets placed centerfielder Juan Lagares on the 15 day disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Lagares suffered the injury running out a ground ball during the seventh inning of last night’s victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mets have recalled outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to replace Lagares. Nieuwenhuis will play center tonight in Arizona.
There’s a real case to be made that Lagares was the Mets’ best player in the early stages of the season. He had played in all 13 of the Mets games thus far, posting a .313 average (only Omar Quintanilla, who has only eight at bats has a higher average), and is tied for the team lead in RBI with 7, the same amount as Lucas Duda and David Wright.
Coming into the season there was some debate as to whether Lagares would even make the Mets roster; the additions of Chris Young and Curtis Granderson in the offseason, as well as Eric Young Jr. being the only legitimate leadoff hitter on the roster, coupled with the franchises desire to have the bat of Andrew Brown off the bench almost made Lagares the odd man out. Now the Mets are in need of outfield depth with the injury to Chris Young, and both Lagares and Granderson suffering injuries in last night’s game.
Granderson will miss tonight’s games but was not placed on the DL.