NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets have placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain.
Outfielder Matt den Dekker has been recalled to replace Lagares on the roster.
Lagares left Sunday’s game against the Phillies after feeling pain on the right side of his rib cage. He underwent an MRI, which revealed the injury. Lagares was also scratched from the lineup on Saturday, though he did pinch-hit out of necessity in the 14th inning.
The talented 25-year-old has not only been brilliant defensively for the Mets, but is batting .288 with two homers, 18 RBIs and a .331 on-base percentage. He has been the everyday leadoff man since Eric Young, Jr. was placed on the disabled list.
Den Dekker, 26, has gone 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for the Mets this season. He’s leading off for New York in the series finale against Philadelphia on Monday night.
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