Mets scratch Juan Lagares with rib cage spasm

Jim McIsaac

The defensive wiz reportedly hurt himself last night.

The Mets have scratched center fielder Juan Lagares from their lineup at the last minute today. He sustained the injury during last night's fourteen-inning affair and was removed from today's lineup when he felt pain in the batting cage. For today, Chris Young is playing center field in his place.

In 166 plate appearances this year, Lagares has hit .291/.335/.430, which translates to a .334 wOBA and 114 wRC+. He's also been his typical self in center field, tracking down fly balls like few others can at the position. Defensive stats can be wonky, especially in small samples, but both Defensive Runs Saved and UZR/150 rate Lagares highly this year, as they did last year.

Young, of course, dropped a fly ball in to begin the fourteenth inning last night, which ultimately led to the Mets' loss. He's struggled at the plate, too, to the tune of a .295 wOBA and 88 wRC+. But if Lagares misses significant time, Young will probably see regular playing time, especially with Eric Young Jr. currently on the disabled list.

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