The Mets endure yet another injury, with Juan Lagares becoming another addition to the laundry list of players to serve time on the disabled list this year. The Mets announced Friday that Juan Lagares will undergo surgery to repair a complete tear of his plantar plate in his big toe and will go on the 10-day disabled list, but it is very likely that his season is over.
Lagares suffered the injury from running into the center field wall to catch a Giovanny Urshela flyball in the ninth inning of an eventual 12-1 defeat from the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon.
The outfield depth was already growing thin to begin with, as Yoenis Cespedes landed on the 10-day disabled list earlier this week to recover from a lingering hip flexor strain, which has caused trouble for the 32-year old for a couple of weeks now.
Like Cespedes, Lagares has dealt with a plethora of injuries in recent years. In June of 2016, Lagares landed on the disabled list for a sprained left thumb which kept him on the shelf for two weeks. He sprained his thumb again in July, this time undergoing surgery to repair his thumb, and missed the entire month of August and most of September.
His injury woes continued into the cursed 2017 season, beginning the season on the disabled list after suffering an oblique strain in spring training. Then in July, Lagares broke his oft-injured left thumb attempting to make a catch in June, putting him on the disabled list for two months.
With no timetable to the returns of Cespedes and Lagares, the Mets’ outfield depth is decimated, only consisting of Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jay Bruce. Some potential candidates for a call-up include Matt den Dekker, who played in 81 games for the Mets in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and other players such as Pat Biondi, Patrick Kivlehan, and Zach Borenstein.
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