The New York Mets have announced that outfielder Juan Lagares has been activated off the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Miami Marlins.
In the corresponding move, the Mets optioned right-handed reliever Paul Sewald to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.
Lagares went 4 for 11 with a double, triple and three runs scored in three rehab games with the St. Lucie Mets. He was put on the 10-day disabled list on April 2 with a left oblique strain.
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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets are “warming up” to the idea of restoring their five-man bench for a few weeks, even if that means Conforto won’t get normal playing time like he would should he be demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
In a limited sample size, Conforto has gone 2-for-6 this season, including a long ball Sunday versus the Miami Marlins.
With Curtis Granderson starting the season 6-for-28 and Jose Reyes being dropped down to the seventh spot in the order with his .061 average, Conforto will plug into the leadoff spot tonight for the Mets for the series finale in Philadelphia.
Lagares appeared in a rehab game for Single-A St. Lucie on Tuesday, logging a hit in four trips to the dish and is set to play a full nine innings Thursday for St. Lucie, before potentially being activated on Friday.
Should Conforto remain in the majors, two likely names that could face demotion are RHP Rafael Montero, who has an 0-1 record and a 7.71 ERA in 4.7 innings pitched in 2017, or Sewald who the Mets just recently called up.