Healed Lagares again center of attention

PITTSBURGH -- Juan Lagares returns to the lineup Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained intercostal muscle on his right side roughly four weeks ago.

Juan Lagares

Juan Lagares

#12 CF
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM43
  • HR2

  • RBI18

  • R19

  • OBP.337

  • AVG.295

Lagares played in four rehab games -- two apiece with the Gulf Coast League Mets and Binghamton Mets. He went a combined 2-for-16 during the rehab assignment.

"The first couple of games I was afraid," Lagares said. "Now I feel more confident. I feel normal. I've been swinging a lot and I don't feel anything."

Lagares indicated he started feeling OK two weeks ago.

"The first week I couldn't do anything -- just take treatment and go home," he said. "After that, I started to do more. I started swinging a little bit."

He believes he received sufficient minor-league work to be ready for his return. He had intended to play Wednesday night for Binghamton, but was scratched as a precaution because of a wet field. The game eventually was rained out.

"I think I got enough," Lagares said.