Juan Lagares was placed on the disabled list Thursday after visiting doctors earlier in the day. Ty Kelly was recalled from Triple-A to take Lagares’s roster spot.
Lagares originally sustained the injury on June 4 when he made an incredible catch on a sinking line drive off the bat of Ichiro Suzuki. The catch most likely saved the game for the Mets ,who were trailing 3-2 at the time and the Marlins were threatening to tack on more runs. Lagares initially stayed in the game but was later removed when Matt Reynolds pinch-hit for him in the eighth. The Mets went on to win the game 6-4, but there was concern after the game for Lagares, who said his thumb felt “weird.”
Two days later Lagares was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. He was hopeful he could avoid the DL and could play through the injury. He had appeared in four games since the injury and was supposed to get the start on Wednesday before he had to be scratched a half-hour before the game.
Lagares came into spring training in better shape and it seemed to be paying off. His defense looked to be back to Gold Glove caliber and he was batting .289/.326/.433 for the season.