New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares was on the field before the team’s 4-1 on Thursday running for the first time since hitting the disabled list in May.
Lagares, 29, had surgery in May to repair a complete tear of the plantar plate in his left big toe and will finish the 2018 season having played in 30 games.
The defensive stud told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that he is hoping to be 100% healthy in time to play Dominican Winter League ball. Lagares has played for the Aguilas Cibaenas in six different seasons with the most recent coming in 2016. The Dominican Winter League opens their season on October 13.
In limited time this season, Lagares showed well at the plate hitting .339/.375/.390 with three stolen bases in 64 plate appearances. He also had 5 defensive runs saved in only 128 center field innings and posted a 1.0 bWAR.
Lagares is due to make $9 million for the 2019 season and a team option for 2020.