Juan Lagares a center fielder for the New York Mets suffered a broken thumb when he dove in an attempt to make a catch on Thursday in the Mets loss at home 8-3 to the Washington Nationals.
Lagares hurt his thumb during the fifth inning after failing to catch a bloop single to center hit by Washington’s Anthony Rendon.
The outfielder did not make any indications at first that he had been hurt, but Mets manager Terry Collins along with a team trainer went out to check on the outfielder after the next batter.
The Mets then replaced Lagares during their half of the fifth inning with Curtis Granderson who pinch hit for the center fielder.
The Mets have been besieged with injuries since the start of the 2017 regular season. Wednesday night, Matt Harvey one of their starting pitchers as well as Neil Walker their second baseman both left the game with injuries.
Both players were place on New York’s disabled list on Thursday due to their ailments.
Lagares was playing center because Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has had a stiff back that has now kept him out of four consecutive games.
Collins said he was not surprised after his trainer had told him that Lagares snapped his thumb given the number of injuries the team has accumulated this season.
Both Walker and Harvey are expected to be without the team for several weeks. Noah Syndergaard who has been out due to a lat strain will not even throw for four more weeks, making his return to the pitching mound not like until August, said general manager Sandy Alderson.
Walker suffered a partial tear to his hamstring, while Harvey has a right shoulder blade stress injury.
Walker’s spot was taken by Gavin Cecchini an infielder with their Triple-A affiliate but no replacement has been named for Harvey as of yet.
New York’s top prospect Amed Rosario remains in the minors even though there have been so many injuries. However, the team does not want to call up their young prospect until they feel he is ready for the big leagues.
With Walker out injured and joining fellow infielder Asdrubal Cabrera on the team’s DL, New York plans to move Jose Reyes to short and T.J. Rivera will play second while Wilmer Flores moves to third to take Reyes’ place.