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Mets Injury Updates:
Outfielder Juan Lagares has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. Lagares, who originally injured the thumb on a diving catch on Saturday, met with team doctors earlier today in New York and is now on his way to Pittsburgh to join the team. There is no indication that Lagares will be put on the disabled list, as the Mets are hoping that Lagares can play through the injury and avoid surgery. You can expect Lagares to sit out the next few games to see if there is any improvement with his thumb. If no progress is made there is a very real possibility Lagares will have to undergo surgery on the thumb. While the Mets have another capable outfielder in Alejandro de Aza who could step up in the fourth outfielder role, no current outfielder on the roster has the defensive pedigree that Lagares possesses. We are now in wait and see mode with Lagares over the next couple of days.
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud made his first rehab appearance since being placed on the disabled list back on April 26th, last night in Port St. Lucie with the High-A Mets. D’Arnaud served as the designated hitter for the Mets and went 1-5 with an RBI. D’Arnaud has reportedly been making throws of 150 feet but no throws using full force yet. It is expected that the 27-year old catcher will begin fielding his normal position in about a week or so, depending on how his rotator cuff feels. As of right now it looks like d’Arnaud could end up using his full twenty day rehab window to get up to speed, which would have him returning to the big league club at the end of the month.