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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Juan Lagares, Dilson Herrera, Vic Black, Jenrry Mejia

By on 9/25/2014 12:45:00 PM

It's theoretically possible for the New York Mets to finish 2014 with a .500 record, but they'll have to win all five remaining games. The Nats and Astros stand in their way. Also hampering the Mets are several injuries, which are reviewed below.

  • The season is over for center fielder Juan Lagares (right elbow discomfort) but he will not need surgery, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN. In 116 games, Lagares hit .281/.321/.382 (OPS+ 102) with four homers, 13 stolen bases and 47 RBI. 
  • Second baseman Dilson Herrera (right quad strain) is done for the season. A "September call-up," Herrera appeared in 18 games, hitting .220/.303/.407 (OPS+ 103) with three homers and 11 RBI.
  • Reliever Vic Black (rotator cuff strain) is done for the season. An MRI taken last week revealed no structural damage.  Black, 26, is 2-3 with a 2.60 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.
  • Closer Jenrry Mejia will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia on Oct. 2, according to Rubin. Mejia has pitched with the injury for several weeks. Mejia has made 60 appearances, going 5-6 with 27 saves, 3.90 ERA, WHIP 1.511, and 94 strikeouts. 
Vic Black

The Pittsburgh Pirates' first round draft pick in 2009, Black made his debut July 25, 2013 but was traded to the Mets with Dilson Herrera to the New York Mets for John BuckMarlon Byrd and cash at the end of August 2013.  He is pre-arb and under team control through 2019.

Juan Lagares

Lagares was previously on the DL this season, activated on May 1st  after missing 13 games with a strained hamstring. A dazzling outfielder, Lagares was signed by the Mets out of the Dominican Republic in 2006, making his major league debut on April 23, 2013. Despite sub-par offense (.242/.281/.352, OPS+ 80) in 2013, the rookie Lagares became the Mets' full-time centerfielder when the team released veteran Rick Ankiel. Lagares, now 25, is pre-arb and under team control through 2019.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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