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Mets set to call up Brandon Nimmo, place Juan Lagares on disabled list

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Lagares is still dealing with the effects of his thumb injury.

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It looks like Juan Lagares is on his way to the disabled list, and the Mets will replace him on the roster with Brandon Nimmo. Lagares, who has been struggling with a torn ligament in his thumb since injuring it on June 4.

Lagares previously hit the DL in June to heal from his thumb injury and has struggled since coming back to the team in early July, hitting just .160/.263/.300 since rejoining the Mets on July 2.

Nimmo hit .235/.291/.294 for the Mets in 55 plate appearances earlier this season before he was sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 17. He’s hit well since returning to the 51s, upping his average to .336 and hitting two home runs with 8 RBIs in eight games with the team in July.

Nimmo will likely see time in center field, but like Alejandro De Aza and Michael Conforto, he’s a left-handed hitter, which leaves the Mets with no right-handed center fielders as long as Yoenis Cespedes remains unable to play the position. There’s no indication that the Mets will seek outfield help on the trade market.