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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Juan Lagares exits after hurting elbow

By on 9/17/2014 07:15:00 AM

New York Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares came out of Tuesday's win with what was described as a hyperextended right elbow on the team's official Twitter account:
According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Lagares hurt his elbow making a throw in the fourth inning to force out Garrett Jones at second base. Manager Terry Collins told Rubin that although they did not think the injury was particularly bad, Lagares would be examined on Wednesday, which Rubin says will include an MRI:
“We’ll have him looked at tomorrow. The doctors right now don’t think it’s anything real serious, but we’ll have him checked in the morning.”

Collins also stated that Lagares had a similar problem earlier in the year which he recovered from quickly. The 25-year-old is hitting decently this year, with a 103 OPS+, which the Mets will no doubt be delighted with given the quality of his glove. Lagares rates particularly well by numerous defensive metrics so far in his career and as a result has been worth more than five wins this season, per Baseball-Reference. While his ability might not be quite as outlandish as the metrics suggest, there's no doubt that he can be a very valuable everyday player if he continues to hit at even an average level.

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