The New York Mets have placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the 15 disabled list today after he suffered a right intercostal strain during the tenth inning of last night’s victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lagares was sent back to New York from Philadelphia after last night’s game to undergo an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which revealed the sprain in his right intercostal.
Lagares has been one the Mets most consistent performers in the early season, putting up a .288 average, with a .331 OBP and 18 RBI in 42 games played, most of which have seen him occupying the lead off spot in the Mets batting order.
Replacing Lagares on the Mets active roster will be Matt den Dekker, who was recalled from AAA Las Vegas, despite only being sent down from the big club on Saturday. den Dekker has only appeared in 3 games for the Mets this season, recieving only four at bats. He has failed to register a hit and has struck out three times.
den Dekker has been slotted into the Mets line up for tonight’s make up game in Philadelphia, the last of five straight games between the two clubs. He will be replacing Lagares not only in center field, but in the lead off spot for tonight’s tilt.