The start of the season went well enough for the Mets as they were red hot, took first place in the division with the Nationals struggling and the Braves and Phillies only sorta keeping pace. Their pitching was outstanding and their offense, while flawed, was doing enough to keep them in games.
Thats when the bad started: Jake deGrom had to leave a start after an awkward swing, then the losses started to come in bunches, then Yoenis Cespedes had to go to the DL. Asdrubal Cabrera has performed surprisingly well for the team as has Juan Lagares, who has put up a .765 OPS in 59 ABs while playing strong enough defense to accumulate 0.9 rWAR on the season.
Unfortunately for the Mets, it looks like they will be down another productive player….this one gone for the rest of the season.
Breaking: Juan Lagares will have foot surgery next week and likely miss the rest of the season, the Mets announce.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) May 18, 2018
Lagares has a hyperextended left big toe. An MRI revealed a complete tear of the big toe plantar plate, which is a thick supporting ligament of the toe.
Lagares isn’t the same player that he was a few years ago due to injuries that have sapped his speed and affected his throwing arm. However, he had been off to a good start in limited playing time for the Mets and now they will have to figure out how to absorb another loss.
With the team sitting at 20-19 and going 3-7 in their last 10 games and trending down towards the bottom of the NL East after their hot start, they will need to figure something out quickly as they are running out of outfielders.