Sandy Alderson told reporters at Citi Field that Juan Lagares is expected back from the DR on Wednesday and that he will not be placed on the bereavement list.
Lagares traveled to the Dominican Republic late Sunday night, while mourning the death of a family member, team officials told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
The gifted outfielder was expected to be back with the team some time today and in time for the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field, but the absence is totally understandable.
Lagares was at the center of a social media hailstorm after manager Terry Collins benched his top performing outfielder while saying it was to improve the team’s offense.
The Mets proceeded to get shutout twice by the Yankees and lost the first game of the series in Washington before Lagares was inserted in the lineup Saturday for the Mets only win in five games. Lagares drove in three runs and was the difference in the Mets’ 5-2 win.
Afterward, Collins berated the beat writers and fans during the post game, essentially accusing them of being hysterical because he “rested” Lagares for two games. It was actually four of five games including three consecutive pine-rides.
In the two games since his return to the lineup, Lagares is 3-for-8 with a home run and four RBI, accounting for 50% of the Mets run production in that span.
After being relegated to the bench for three straight games, Juan Lagares gave his manager Terry Collins an In-Your-Face performance that won’t be soon forgot by die-hard fans like the ones that frequent this site. Lagares went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, proving to be the difference-maker in the Mets 5-2 win over the Nationals.
Batting sixth in the lineup, Lagares got things started in the first inning when he laced a Gio Gonzalez fastball into right field for a single to score Chris Young. In the third inning, Lagares blasted the seventh pitch of an impressive at-bat deep over the center field wall for a two-run homer.
Don Juan was denied a third hit in the sixth, when he ripped a laser into right field that was snared at the last second by a diving Jayson Werth.
However, Lagares would get his revenge in the bottom of the frame when with Werth at the plate he did this:
Oh baby, that was freaking wicked…
It was a tremendous game for Lagares who dazzled both at the plate and the field. “I know I can play. That’s what I do. That’s what I’m here for.”
The clueless as ever Terry Collins, well aware of the growing tide of sentiment crying for Lagares to play everyday, would only offer up a bone during his post-game press conference.
When asked if Lagares did enough to reclaim the center field job, he responded: “Well, he’ll play tomorrow, if that’s what you’re asking.”
“I knew it was coming. Of course it’s coming. He had a good game. That’s great. That’s why we put him in there today.”
Wow… This guy just doesn’t get it…
One more thing… I almost fell off my seat during the broadcast, when SNY’s Gary Cohen credited Terry Collins for what Lagares did tonight. Cohen went as far as calling the benching “genius.”
Really? Come on Gary…
Anyway, this was one of my favorite games of the year, and we’ll have more on the exploits of Jenrry Mejia and Eric Campbell coming up next – they also had standout performances. Keep it at Metsmerized…