The Mets on Monday placed Juan Lagares on the disabled list with an intercostal strain, one of the trendy new injuries in baseball. I wouldn’t expect to see Lagares roaming center field for at least a month.
Lagares was removed from Sunday’s game in Philadelphia in the 10th inning complaining of pain in his right rib cage. An MRI on Monday confirmed the strain.
It seems to take longer than the initial 15 days on the disabled list to recover from these strains, usually closer to a month.
Matt den Dekker, who had just been optioned back to Las Vegas on Sunday, did a u-turn and will return to the Mets to replace Lagares.
This is the second DL trip for Lagares in what was shaping up to be a breakout season for the second year player. His absence leaves a big hole in the lineup — Juan Lagares joins David Wright and Daniel Murphy as the only Mets starters putting up respectable numbers. And of course his stellar defense in center will be greatly missed.