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#12 CF

Juan Lagares

Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
215 lbs
Age:
25
Born:
Mar 17, 1989
Constanza, Dominican Republic
Drafted:
2006 - round , overall by NYM
AVG HR RBI OBP OPS
2014 Regular Season
.281 4 47 .321 .703

New York Mets manager Terry Collins also said that Lagares will not need surgery for a hyperextended right elbow that has sidelined him since Wednesday.

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 has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets and is in the starting lineup, batting sixth, for Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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 went 3 for 5 with a triple in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Lagares is 6 for 13 with four RBIs in his last three games.

Lagares went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in a 5-2 win at Washington on Saturday.

Lagares had been 5 for 27 with no homers and two RBIs over his previous 11 games.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins is tired of talking about Lagares' playing time. The center fielder was left out of the starting lineup four times in a stretch of five games last week, raising eyebrows because of Lagares' fine play this season. Collins, however, has four outfielders he wants to get regular at-bats, so someone is the odd man out each night.

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."

Lagares is headed back to the team's outfield.

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 stayed hot with three more hits in Sunday's win at Colorado.

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 went 2 for 4 on Thursday.

Lagares has emerged with a .865 OPS for the Mets.

The New York Mets have placed Lagares on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring and recalled outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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 was 2 for 4 with a homer, walked and scored three runs in Monday's loss to Washington.

Lagares looked comfortable batting from the leadoff spot, which he only hit from seven times as a rookie in 2013.

Data provided by STATS LLC.

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