Sunday day of rest for Lagares

DENVER -- Juan Lagares is 5-for-15 with three extra-base hits and two RBIs in three games since returning from the disabled list.

Juan Lagares

Juan Lagares

#12 CF
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM16
  • HR1

  • RBI9

  • R9

  • OBP.343

  • AVG.318

Still, Terry Collins decided to sit Lagares in Sunday’s series finale.

The reasoning is straightforward:

• Collins does not want to overdo it with Lagares as he returns from a pulled right hamstring, especially given the amount of running Lagares has done manning center field at spacious Coors Field.

Eric Young Jr. needs to get into the lineup after three days on the bench.

Curtis Granderson and Chris Young’s bats are starting to come alive, so it would not be sensible to rest either in order to get E.Y. Jr. in the lineup.

Said Collins: “The other day I thought about it and said, ‘You know, he’s playing really good. He’s doing a lot of running in this park. And the dry air.’ All those things combined, I thought today might be the day and get him ready for tomorrow.”

UPDATE: Lagares was a late addition to the starting lineup after E.Y. Jr. was scratched.