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Mets injury update: Juan Lagares will not require elbow surgery

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The center fielder took a step back in 2015.

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Mets center fielder Juan Lagares had his elbow examined by team doctors earlier this week, and he will not require surgery. Throughout the season, it was apparent that Lagares could not throw nearly as well as he had in his Gold Glove season in 2014.

On top of the arm issue, Lagares took a step back at the plate. He hit just .259/.289/.358 with 6 home runs in 465 plate appearances in the regular season after hitting .281/.321/.382 with 4 home runs in 452 plate appearances in 2014.

Lagares and the Mets agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $23.5 million just before the start of the 2015 season. He's set to earn $2.5 million in 2016, $4.5 million in 2017, $6.5 million in 2018, and $9 million in 2019. The Mets also hold a team option on him for $9.5 million in 2020 with a $500,000 buyout if the option is declined.