|2014 Regular Season|
While Lagares may be back this week, the Mets could opt to shut him down for the rest of the year in order to prepare for 2015.
Lagares had been out since June 2 with a right ribcage strain. He was hitting .295 with two home runs in 43 games when injured. Lagares went a combined 2 for 16 on a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Coast League and with Double-A Binghamton.
Lagares is 6 for 13 with four RBIs in his last three games.
Lagares had been 5 for 27 with no homers and two RBIs over his previous 11 games.
Lagares was in a 5-for-27 slide at the plate when he returned to the starting lineup Saturday. He had a huge game against Washington with a home run, three RBIs and a leaping catch at the wall to rob Jayson Werth of a homer. Asked before Sunday's game what Lagares needed to do to become an everyday player, Collins bristled, saying Lagares has been an everyday player and reporters were getting "a little carried away."
Manager Terry Collins started an outfield of Eric Young, Curtis Granderson and Bobby Abreu on Friday night, and said Lagares, out of the lineup for the fourth time in five games, will play Saturday. Lagares is hitting .296, but is 5 for 27 (.185) in his last 10 games.
Lagares has hit safely in all but one of his first 17 games, going 24 for 71 (.338) with 11 runs and nine RBIs.
Lagares has emerged with a .865 OPS for the Mets.
Lagares was injured while beating out a double-play ball Monday night in New York's 7-3 win over Arizona. An outstanding defender, Lagares had performed well in an everyday role after Chris Young went down with a strained quadriceps at the beginning of the season. Lagares was leading the Mets with a .314 batting average and a nine-game hitting streak.
Lagares looked comfortable batting from the leadoff spot, which he only hit from seven times as a rookie in 2013.