For the second time in as many days, Juan Lagares won’t play in the Mets’ spring training game. According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, Lagares is sidelined with tightness in his left leg. Puma adds that he still plans to work out today.
Lagares missed time last year with a fractured thumb, and that injury kept him out for nearly two months. He is a huge asset in the outfield, and it is important to keep players like him healthy. The Mets are light with outfield depth, especially considering that Michael Conforto is likely out until at least May.
Under the instruction of hitting instructor Craig Wallenbrock, Lagares switched his swing the offseason. With his new swing, he is trying to put the ball in the air more and connect at more favorable launch angles. Since it will likely take time to get accustomed to a new swing, it seems important that he gets as much practice in as possible before the start of the season. Keeping him healthy is the first step in getting him to be a more productive player.